tex·​ture | \ ˈteks-chər How to pronounce texture (audio) \

Definition of texture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the visual or tactile surface characteristics and appearance of something the texture of an oil painting
b : the disposition or manner of union of the particles of a body or substance
2a : a composite of the elements of prose or poetry all these words … meet violently to form a texture impressive and exciting— John Berryman
b : a pattern of musical sound created by tones or lines played or sung together
3a : essential part : substance
b : identifying quality : character
4a : something composed of closely interwoven elements specifically : a woven cloth
b : the structure formed by the threads of a fabric
5a : basic scheme or structure
b : overall structure


textured; texturing

Definition of texture (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give a particular texture to

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Other Words from texture


textural \ ˈteks-​chə-​rəl How to pronounce textural (audio) \ adjective
texturally \ ˈteks-​chə-​rə-​lē How to pronounce texturally (audio) \ adverb
textured \ ˈteks-​chərd How to pronounce textured (audio) \ adjective
textureless \ ˈteks-​chər-​ləs How to pronounce textureless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of texture in a Sentence

Noun wood with a rough texture the smooth texture of silk The plant's leaves are almost leathery in texture. foods with very different textures The custard should be smooth and creamy in texture. a song with layered textures I liked the raw, gritty texture of the film. The movies are similar in texture.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Teff can be used on its own in many of the same ways as the other alternative flours mentioned here, but the texture of the end product will often be more coarse and crumbly. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Doing paleo, keto or Whole30? 5 wheat-alternative flours and how to use them," 8 Jan. 2020 Don’t miss: The French toast and its crunchy-outside, soft-inside texture was delicious, with the brioche adding just a slight sweet tinge. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Gigi’s on Fairmount: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches, breakfasts," 28 Dec. 2019 The alcohol left behind will be infused with the flavor of the fat, and the texture might be a tad thicker. Aaron Goldfarb, Popular Mechanics, "Trust Us, Infusing Whiskey Is Delicious," 28 Dec. 2019 The texture is thick and full, a luxurious addition to a cup of coffee. Bon Appétit, "Catching Coffee's 3.1 Wave," 13 Dec. 2019 The texture is alarmingly similar to an actual boyfriend, but, unlike its meaty counterpart, this boyfriend won’t emit harmful methane, overuse plastic products, or make upsetting comments to your family at dinner. Sam Corbin, The New Yorker, "New Plant-Based Alternatives," 14 Nov. 2019 The texture was delicate and creamy, a few steps firmer than grits, and the vegan cheese baked inside could have passed for the real thing. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "My time as a plant-based critic: The B-sides," 28 Oct. 2019 The unfamiliar texture was a result of the water base (the very first ingredient), which delivers a boost of hydration without leaving behind a heavy, greasy residue. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "Tatcha Water Cream Changed My Opinion on Moisturizer—And It’s on Sale Right Now," 17 Oct. 2019 The texture is extraordinary: silky but crunchy, like microscopic bubble-wrap. The Economist, "Ikejime: a humane way to kill fish that makes them tastier," 4 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Brew barrista-level lattes and cappuccinos with this compact machine, which has an easy-to-use interface that walks you through the preparation and a milk frother that can texture the milk to her exact specifications. CNN Underscored, "The best gifts for every woman in your life," 3 Dec. 2019 Certainly there are artists that an album can texture a storytelling that is still gonna be important, but for the most part this is a liberation moment that artist can actually go into a studio tonight and tomorrow put it around the world. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: YouTube Music head Lyor Cohen on Recode Media," 12 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'texture.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of texture


1578, in the meaning defined at sense 4a


1694, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for texture


Latin textura, from textus, past participle of texere to weave — more at technical

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The first known use of texture was in 1578

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20 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Texture.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/texture. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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How to pronounce texture (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of texture

: the way that something feels when you touch it
: the way that a food or drink feels in your mouth
: the various parts of a song, poem, movie, etc., and the way they fit together


tex·​ture | \ ˈteks-chər How to pronounce texture (audio) \

Kids Definition of texture

: the structure, feel, and appearance of something

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