: a fabric with a twill weave
: 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 textured rug has a basketweave design with a cotton twill border. Isabel Garcia, Peoplemag, 19 Nov. 2023 Norma Kamali Oversized Boyfriend belted twill shirt dress A shirt dress that has a more feminine cut? Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 31 Aug. 2023 Ulla Johnson Avia Dress In mid-July, Toni Collette was all smiles on the Italian island of Ischia, donning Ulla Johnson’s ruffled silk twill Avia dress in a pretty shibori print. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Aug. 2023 Made with a water-resistant twill exterior, the bag has a main compartment to store clothing and gear for a long weekend, while the bottom unzips to reveal a hidden storage compartment for keeping your shoes, boots, or dirty clothes separate from the rest of your belongings. Susan Brickell, Travel + Leisure, 7 Oct. 2023 Get the look with Dries’ tan, twill blazer, and Citizens of Humanity’s horseshoe jean. Megan O'Sullivan, Vogue, 6 Oct. 2023 Featuring a stripe pattern, the mini backpack, crossbody, wallet, and cardholder are made of twill with a vegan leather trim. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 14 June 2023 The twill trim and high-pile sherpa on this smart Hartford style are a welcome, stylish update to the stalwart style beloved by Midtown corporate bros. Material: Polyester and acrylic, with cotton trim. Todd Plummer, Robb Report, 26 Sep. 2023 The collection features dimensional skirts, duck fabric and nylon twill jackets, and knit sweaters in a pastel blue, tan and black. The Editors, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Twill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a way of weaving cloth that produces a pattern of diagonal lines


2 of 2 verb
: to make (cloth) with a twill weave

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