noun, often attributive
\ ˈlī(-ə)l How to pronounce lisle (audio) \

Definition of lisle

: 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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First Known Use of lisle

1858, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lisle

Lisle Lille, France

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Cite this Entry

“Lisle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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