tex·tile | \ˈtek-ˌstī(-ə)l, ˈteks-tᵊl\

Definition of textile 

1 : cloth sense 1a especially : a woven or knit cloth

2 : a fiber, filament, or yarn used in making cloth

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Synonyms for textile


cloth, fabric

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Examples of textile in a Sentence

They import fine silk textiles from China. brought back a whole suitcase of beautiful textiles from India

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From rags to dishes: Asher Shalom is chief executive of Asher Fabrics, a textile company that works with Ralph Lauren, AG Jeans and Diane von Fürstenberg. Jenn Harris, latimes.com, "Century City is about to get some serious fried chicken," 10 July 2018 At the time, Mr. Aremu worked in textiles, a booming industry in Nigeria that employed half a million people. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "What noodles can teach us about Nigeria's reluctance on free trade," 9 July 2018 Art and design sit comfortably together here, including textiles, ceramics, glass, jewelry, furniture, photography and film. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New England museums to visit this summer and fall," 4 July 2018 His father is the chief executive of Raytex Industries, a textiles company in Woodbury, N.Y. New York Times, "Amanda Zeiger, Jesse Reich," 22 Apr. 2018 At the job fair, Emad Hussein offered jobs for up to 100 refugees, hoping that by hiring them his textiles company will become eligible for reduced European tariffs. Alice Su, The Seattle Times, "Job center for Syrians opens in Jordan refugee camp," 18 Feb. 2018 Altizer, the son of a textile company owner and a homemaker, was studying theater. Carolyne Zinko, San Francisco Chronicle, "Iceland’s the setting for Drew Altizer and Camille Hayes wedding," 25 Jan. 2018 In 2014, the United Nations designated Dundee as a UNESCO City of Design (the first in the U.K., actually) for its valuable contributions to the fields of video games, textiles, and comic book design. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "A Guide to Dundee, Scotland—the First City Outside London to Get Its Very Own V&A Museum," 14 July 2018 That plant employs about 100 people and produces polyvinyl alcohol for paper, textiles and other uses. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Worker files $1 million lawsuit against Pasadena industrial plant after fiery explosion," 20 May 2018

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First Known Use of textile

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for textile

Latin, from neuter of textilis woven, from texere

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English Language Learners Definition of textile

; especially : a fabric that is woven or knit

textiles : the businesses that make textiles


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