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


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

Peña’s love of travel, color and textures lead her into designing children’s clothing and then opening her own interior design business, K Interiors, based in San Francisco. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "New Bay Area home style: Bring on that stylish, cozy comfort," 2 July 2019 But that would be a mistake, because these have it all: heat, texture, crunch and flavor. Lucas Kwan Peterson, latimes.com, "The official spicy snack power rankings," 2 July 2019 No texture, no water, and a more concentrated oniony punch. Emma Wartzman, Bon Appétit, "Wait, Can I Substitute Onion Powder for Fresh Onions?," 26 June 2019 Try an array of colors and textures: think creamy avocado, crisp cucumber, sweet Asian pear, etc. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Fresh salmon gets a lift in this picture-perfect stack," 21 June 2019 Style Watch Built-in cabinetry, along with rich colors and textures, transforms a spare room into a rec center. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "Designers create playful refuge in a family’s spare room," 14 June 2019 Bumps on your face come in all different shapes, sizes, colors, and textures—and most are totally harmless. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "12 Common Face 'Bumps' and How to Deal With Them," 31 May 2019 The most original use of texture comes in the form of a double dose in the master—a tranquil grey grasscloth on the walls, plus a creamy white carpet below. Nikhita Mahtani, House Beautiful, "How to Create a Stylish Home That Still Reflects Every Family Member's Personalities," 14 June 2019 Layering and varying degrees of opacity give the works a sense of temporal texture and load the indeterminate with emotional heft. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "Augustus Thompson paints life passing by with elegiac mystery," 10 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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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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