tex·​tile | \ ˈtek-ˌstī(-ə)l How to pronounce textile (audio) , 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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The industrial base that churned out textiles and consumer goods is devastated; today’s main exports are seeds, apples and nuts. The Economist, "Syria’s war is drawing to a close. But the pain will go on," 5 Sep. 2019 At its current growth rate, textile and apparel production emissions will rise more than 60% by 2030, according to UN Climate Change. Kate Dwyer, Fortune, "Fashion Companies Reach Landmark Sustainability Accord Ahead of G7 Summit," 23 Aug. 2019 Stephanie SchneidermanTia Stephanie ToursMany of her itineraries focus on traditional handmade crafts, textile design, and folk art. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 The Shoreline Harvest Art Festival is on the Branford Green on Sept 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Forty-five artists will show and sell sculpture, jewelry, woodwork, pottery, metal, stained glass, painting, photography and textiles. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Painter Reginald Marsh’s tropical watercolors of Cuba at the Benton," 16 Sep. 2019 With feels ranging from Soft to Medium to Firm, this mattress is a product of more than years and millions of hours of testing by Tempur-Pedic’s thermal, material, and textile engineers. Tempur-pedic, Bon Appétit, "The Ultimate Stay-in-Bed Weekend and the Recipes to Make It Happen," 11 Sep. 2019 Harrah’s SoCal suites are decorated in high style, with glitzy accents and plush textiles blended with classic lines and soothing colors. Michele Parente, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lavish casino hotel suites offer taste of the sweet life," 8 Sep. 2019 Juliussen uses elements such as reindeer antlers, bones and domestic textiles in this show at the Anchorage Museum. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s a look at the big shows coming to Anchorage this fall and winter," 5 Sep. 2019 Sectors like automobiles and textiles are already struggling and staring massive layoffs. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Who gains from India’s new foreign investment norms?," 29 Aug. 2019

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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

: the businesses that make textiles


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