often attributive
: a smooth tightly twisted thread usually made of long-staple cotton

Examples of lisle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Silk will be replaced with nylon, lisle and rayon because the women are not going to stand for bare legs. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Aug. 2021 The next day, the girls were back in the blackberry patch, their arms and hands sheathed in black lisle stockings to guard against the thorns, and hats pulled low over their faces to shield the sun. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 3 May 2020

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Word History


Lisle Lille, France

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lisle was in 1858

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“Lisle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lisle. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a smooth tightly twisted thread usually made of cotton

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