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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The three-year-old Greenville Center for Creative Arts, housed in an old textile mill, has raised almost $2 million and has more than 45 instructors now. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "The Artsy Southern Town That Wants to Be the Next Portland," 13 Dec. 2018 In the sitting room, wicker disks and mismatched furniture create a surprising variety of materials and textures; where bamboo, robe and cane find harmony with Missoni and Svenstenn textiles. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A Vivacious Canadian Lake House With a Joyful Sense of Irreverence," 24 Dec. 2018 By the way, same thing the U.S. did in the 18th and 19th centuries, stealing IP for textile manufacturing out of Europe, even kidnapping artisans. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Microsoft is more valuable than Apple again. Why?," 30 Nov. 2018 Happily, more and more beauty and textile brands are coming out with pillowcases specifically designed to target certain beauty concerns, like wrinkling skin and frizzy hair. Lauren Swanson, Allure, "15 Pillowcases That'll Transform Your Hair and Skin for the Better," 13 Nov. 2018 Sustainability in fashion has become an increasingly hot topic as awareness grows around how massive the problem of textile waste really is. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "Burberry Reportedly Admits to Burning $36 Million of Product in the Past Year," 19 July 2018 Williams also pointed out that the LS2 uses a lot of raw leather and textiles. Demetrio Teniente, Houston Chronicle, "With adidas James Harden has plenty of room to create," 4 July 2018 Every fiber of in Redland Cotton sheets is grown and processed in an Alabama cotton gin built by founder Mark Yeager; the sheets are then sewn and fabricated at textile mills across the U.S. south. Hannah Morrill, ELLE Decor, "The Best Luxury Sheets For the Perfect Night's Sleep," 15 Nov. 2018 That’s been harder since April 24, 2013, when more than 1,100 Bangladeshi textile workers died as their shoddily constructed Dhaka factory building, Rana Plaza, came down on top of them. Bill Donahue, Bloomberg.com, "China Is Turning Ethiopia Into a Giant Fast-Fashion Factory," 2 Mar. 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


tex·​tile | \ ˈtek-ˌstīl, ˈtek-stəl\

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