\ 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 This shirt-jacket from Everlane transitions easily from winter to spring, with a heavy twill texture that works as a light jacket and a mid-layer for colder weather. Anna Tingley, Variety, 18 May 2022 Made from heavyweight organic cotton twill, the shirt is warmer than the average flannel but still lightweight enough to not feel like a full jacket. Olivia O'bryon, Forbes, 14 May 2022 But its customers are choosing colorful versions like pastel and fabrics like lightweight tweed, linens and twill. Anne D'innocenzio, Chicago Tribune, 2 May 2022 But its customers are choosing colorful versions like pastel and fabrics like lightweight tweed, linens and twill. Anchorage Daily News, 2 May 2022 These pants are made of twill, which is a breathable, lightweight fabric that’s perfect year-round. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 28 Apr. 2022 The comfy Campy is made of a hemp-cotton twill that’s thick enough to armor against prickers but flexible enough for crouching and bending all day long. Blair Braverman, Outside Online, 10 May 2021 Wardrobe essentials like t-shirts, crewnecks, hoodies, and tank tops are present in the collection, alongside statement pieces such as embroidered jackets, twill pants, canvas vests, and jacquard knits. Greg Emmanuel, Essence, 29 Mar. 2022 The Supply Jacket is handmade in Los Angeles, too, using quality twill that will age gracefully with ware — like the best supply jackets out there. Thomas Hindle, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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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

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“Twill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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\ ˈtwil How to pronounce twill (audio) \

Kids Definition of twill

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

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