toile

noun
\ ˈtwäl How to pronounce toile (audio) \

Definition of toile

1 : any of many plain or simple twill weave fabrics especially : linen
2 : a mock-up model of a garment

Examples of toile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their white prairie dresses featured bell sleeves and a blue, floral toile pattern. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Selena Gomez and Little Sister Gracie Match in Marc Jacobs at the Frozen 2 Premiere," 8 Nov. 2019 Other rooms, like 'Bluebell,' are done entirely in toile, while some feel completely Provençal in their style, as an ode to Blanc's roots. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside London's Chicest New Hotel—and a One-Of-A-Kind Manor in Oxfordshire," 15 Nov. 2019 But this time, the star has chosen to introduce a new category for design enthusiasts: peel-and-stick wallpaper, available in eight trendy prints ranging from toile to botanical designs. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Drew Barrymore's Latest Flower Home Collection Has All You Need for Fall," 7 Nov. 2019 Designers and artisans would pin, prod or tuck fabric and toiles to the mannequins to bring sketches and ideas to life. Hilary Fox, chicagotribune.com, "Model became Dior muse by knocking on his door," 28 Aug. 2019 Designers and artisans would pin, prod, or tuck fabric and toiles to the mannequins to bring sketches and ideas to life. Hilary Fox, Fortune, "How Persistence Paid Off for Christian Dior’s ‘Model Girl’," 26 Aug. 2019 While the toile fabric originated in Europe, there have since been American riffs on the design. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "The History Behind The Star Print of Dior's Latest Swimsuit Collection, Toile de Jouy," 12 June 2019 Another breathtaking piece was an Alexander McQueen toile with a feather bodice, from the mid-2000s. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "William Vintage Celebrates Its New, Incredibly Chic CEO Marie Blanchet at an Intimate Dinner," 10 Apr. 2019 Accordingly, Katy directed us to the work of designer Sheila Bridges, who created a Harlem toile pattern. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "The History Behind The Star Print of Dior's Latest Swimsuit Collection, Toile de Jouy," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of toile

1794, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for toile

French, cloth, linen, from Middle French

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15 Jan 2020

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“Toile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toile. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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