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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America, for example, charges tariffs of 27.3% or more on a variety of textiles, including polyester suits and T-shirts. The Economist, "Donald Trump insists on trade reciprocity. But what kind?," 12 July 2018 Chromium is a naturally occurring element used in electroplating, making stainless steel, manufacturing textiles, and preserving wood. David North, Chicago Reader, "Sickened surfers say the best waves in Lake Michigan are in the polluted waters off northwest Indiana," 10 July 2018 Diptyque, now known mostly as a purveyor of sought-after scented candles, was originally founded by three friends as a bazaar-like space selling textiles, toiletries and souvenirs from afar. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "The Untold Story Behind Paris’s Most Charming Boutique," 21 June 2018 From their atelier in Hayes Valley, the Kipper team works with renowned fabric houses Scabal and Vitale Barberis Canonico for their textiles. Catie Nienaber, San Francisco Chronicle, "Kipper Clothiers finds the perfect fit with LGBTQ audience," 31 May 2018 There's lots of rustic farmhouse home decor, textiles, fine antique furniture and accessories. Cristina B Bolling, charlotteobserver, "One super-shopper reveals her 5 best finds in Charlotte. Have you been to all these stores?," 30 May 2018 That perception helps explain the sometimes-bizarre frailties of the North Korean economy, which the government sustained with coal, textiles, narcotics, counterfeit greenbacks, and more recently cybertheft rather than submit to reform. Bloomberg.com, "Why Doesn’t North Korea Want to Be More Like Its Neighbors?," 23 May 2018 Every textile, no matter how magical, has a breaking point. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "How to Rid Your Gear of Funky Smells," 13 Apr. 2018 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

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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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