Definition of textile in English:


Syllabification: tex·tile
Pronunciation: /ˈtekˌstīl


  • 1 (usually textiles) A type of cloth or woven fabric: a fascinating range of pottery, jewelry, and textiles
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    • In addition, foreign designers are increasingly turning to India as a major source of exquisite textiles, rich embroidery fabrics and unique embellishments.
    • With a rejuvenation of interest in textiles and fabrics, selecting draperies is an invitation to give your windows a beautiful new presentation.
    • The women proudly showed us their handspun, naturally dyed, back strap loom woven textiles, which are really works of art.
  • 1.1 (textiles) The branch of industry involved in the manufacture of cloth.
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    • Employment also fell in nondurable goods manufacturing industries, especially textiles, apparel, printing and publishing and rubber products.
    • Once hailed as a great manufacturing base, the decline of many widespread industries such as mining, textiles and heavy industry forced communities to re-focus and find new sources of employment.
    • The dominant industries are textiles and light manufacturing, as Guangzhou feverishly tries to keep pace with nearby Hong Kong.
  • 2 informal Used by nudists to describe someone wearing clothes, especially on a beach.
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    • This is a beach where 'textiles' and nudists have mingled quite happily together for years.
    • The beach at Koktabel, in southern Crimea, has long been associated with naturism, and for many decades naturists have co-existed peacefully with the textiles who frequent this busy seaside resort every summer.
    • The naturist field is divided by a low fence, so although you are separated from the textiles you were still in full view of each other.


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  • 1 [attributive] Of or relating to fabric or weaving: the textile industry
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    • In his late textile designs, floral patterns of Art Nouveau fabrics sway in aqueous flotation.
    • Pennine Weavers is one of only two commission weavers left in West Yorkshire, producing the highest-quality wool textile fabrics for customers.
    • A number of textile manufacturers are marketing fabrics threaded or plated with silver, copper or stainless steel.
  • 2 informal Used by nudists to describe something relating to or restricted to people wearing clothes.
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    • Breezes offers a nice 50-yard-long, soft-sand clothing-optional beach that directly adjoins the textile beach.
    • The property offers a really nice little beachfront with fine sand and turquoise water, but has textile beaches on both sides and frequent beach walkers, so privacy is limited.
    • We felt quite at ease as the naturist section was a good distance from the main 'textile' beach and as a result there were very few passers by.


early 17th century: from Latin textilis, from text- 'woven', from the verb texere.

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