tex·​tile ˈtek-ˌstī(-ə)l How to pronounce textile (audio)
: cloth sense 1a
especially : a woven or knit cloth
: a fiber, filament, or yarn used in making cloth

Example Sentences

They import fine silk textiles from China. brought back a whole suitcase of beautiful textiles from India
Recent Examples on the Web The textile is more intimate than a canvas, which could not pull the way this woven fabric does. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Feb. 2023 Bavlnka folds and rolls the material into a little bundle, wraps it in string and steams it in a pot, which pulls the dye from the plant materials and binds it to the textile. Hannah Kirby, Journal Sentinel, 21 Feb. 2023 Her new museum show reclaims space for women with colorful textile works. Ted Loos, New York Times, 9 Feb. 2023 This was a textile with blue leaves and flower baskets on a pale background. Vulture, 9 Feb. 2023 Women did lots of different things, like the cloth trade and brewing and different kinds of textile work. Hazlitt, 18 Jan. 2023 The sofa is a Pierre Augustin Rose design from the Invisible Collection, upholstered in a Pierre Frey mohair, while the pair of 1930s Dutch chairs are upholstered in a Dedar textile. Anna Fixsen, ELLE Decor, 5 Jan. 2023 Customers say the Ultra Warm feels thick without being heavy or bulky, and that the Heattech textile kept them warm on cold campouts while sleeping with just a comforter. Danny Perez, Popular Mechanics, 16 Dec. 2022 Many of the highlights are sculptures, but the selection also includes paintings, prints and textile works. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 See More

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Word History


Latin, from neuter of textilis woven, from texere

First Known Use

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of textile was in 1626

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Cite this Entry

“Textile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/textile. Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


tex·​tile ˈtek-ˌstīl How to pronounce textile (audio)
: cloth sense 1
especially : a woven or knit cloth

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