\ ˈtwil How to pronounce twill (audio) \

Definition of twill

1 : a fabric with a twill weave
2 : a textile weave in which the filling threads pass over one and under two or more warp threads to give an appearance of diagonal lines

Examples of twill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The collab, expected to launch in May along with the pre-fall '19 collection, will feature pieces like silk twill cardigans, cotton shirting, and limited edition denim styles. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Monse's Pre-Fall 2019 Collection Shoot Features Adorable Dogs for a Great Reason," 6 Dec. 2018 Mayfair Slipcovered Long Sofa in classic natural twill, $1,099. Jamie Wiebe, ELLE Decor, "Get the Look: Gilmore Girls," 16 Jan. 2015 Toiles are traditionally cut from off-white muslin, but for garments that were going to be black Balenciaga cut toiles from black percale, twill, or tarlatan. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Balenciaga in Black’ Review: Fashion Goes to the Dark Side," 9 Oct. 2018 Made from durable, water-resistant twill that will break-in over time and sporting leather straps, this handsome bag is ideal for camping trips or cabin stays. Max Berlinger,, "LeBron James carries a $41,000 bag. Here's your chance to get into the man-bag game with these picks," 12 July 2018 There were cotton twill pants, almost like a Carhartt, canvas-y type feel. Jeremy Fuchs,, "A Tour of Sports Movie Memorabilia Heaven," 6 July 2018 The bold color-blocking and the graphic prints on silk twill are both here, but there’s newness, too. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Fausto Puglisi Brings His Trademark Verve to a Capsule Collection for Marina Rinaldi," 5 July 2018 Buy Now Brooks Brothers plaid summer twill sport shirt Tucked in under a blazer or left unbuttoned by the pool, this shirt’ll adapt to whatever Independence Day brings your way. Yang-yi Goh, GQ, "17 Fourth of July Menswear Buys That’ll Outshine the Fireworks," 3 July 2018 Our favorite ridiculously comfortable twill sheets will be 20% off from now until the end of next week. Health Editors,, "The Fourth of July Sales That Are Actually Worth Shopping," 28 June 2018

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

See More

First Known Use of twill

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for twill

Middle English twyll, twylle, from Old English twilic having a double thread, partial translation of Latin bilic-, bilix, from bi- + licium thread

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about twill

Dictionary Entries near twill


twilight zone






Statistics for twill

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for twill

The first known use of twill was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for twill



English Language Learners Definition of twill

: cloth that is made in a way that produces a pattern of diagonal lines


\ ˈtwil How to pronounce twill (audio) \

Kids Definition of twill

: a way of weaving cloth that produces a pattern of diagonal lines

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on twill

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with twill

Spanish Central: Translation of twill

Nglish: Translation of twill for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about twill

Comments on twill

What made you want to look up twill? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


incapable of being surmounted or overcome

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!