\ 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

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Recent Examples on the Web This denim-effect slim fit shirt created with pure cotton twill is a lightweight, comfortable fabric, suitable for year-round wear. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, "Highlighting The Male Physique With Casual And Modern Shirts In 2021," 16 Apr. 2021 Whereas the Rouge Hermès lipsticks were inspired by the shades found in the brand's iconic silk scarves, the new Rose Hermès Silky Blush, out now, is inspired by the texture of the silk twill itself. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hermès's New Silky Blush Redefines Luxury," 16 Apr. 2021 The Twill Weekender comes in four different colors and they’re all made from 100-percent water-resistant cotton twill on the exterior. Mili Godio, NBC News, "The best weekender bags of 2021 and how to pick the right one," 23 Mar. 2021 On offer for women are their stalwart semi-sheer shirts (this time with stripes), cotton-poly blend tops, flowing tunic dresses, A-line twill skirts, and jackets in rich earth tones. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Uniqlo U Offers a Sleek Springtime Collection for the Entire Family," 10 Mar. 2021 The face mask features a satin twill outer layer and a cotton inner layer with elastic ear loops. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "8 Spring Face Masks to Stay Protected and Stylish This Season," 1 Mar. 2021 Per our editors, those die-hard denim fans who gravitate to nonstretch denim won’t even need to give up their preferences for a 100 percent cotton pair of twill trousers. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Denim Lovers, Rejoice! Vogue Editors Share Their Favorite (and Most Comfortable) Jeans to Wear at Home," 20 Feb. 2021 The mask is made with durable machine-washable twill fabric. Gregg Ellman, Star Tribune, "Tune in while masking up with the Bluetooth-powered MaskFone," 17 Feb. 2021 On offer will be wide-leg twill trousers, Sherpa fleeces in jockey patterns, biker shorts, double-breasted tweed blazers, and the brand’s signature rugby shirts. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rowing Blazers Rereleases Two of Princess Diana’s Most Iconic Sweaters," 8 Oct. 2020

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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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29 Apr 2021

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“Twill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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

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