Definition of toile in English:

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Pronunciation: /twɑːl/


1An early version of a finished garment made up in cheap material so that the design can be tested and perfected.
Example sentences
  • She doesn't work with a toile and although she can sketch, she prefers to dive in and design without one.
  • He is holding up the shoe equivalent of a toile, a pre-production model, of his first trainer.
2 [mass noun] A translucent linen or cotton fabric, used for making clothes.
2.1 short for toile de Jouy.
Example sentences
  • Also in this bedroom were three pairs of early nineteenth-century French toile curtains with ball fringe.
  • You can often find this shade of blue in Oriental carpets and in French toile fabrics.
  • During a recent visit to Provence, he stayed in a room decorated completely in red and white toile.


Late Middle English (denoting cloth or canvas for painting on): from French toile 'cloth, web', from Latin tela 'web'.

Words that rhyme with toile

Amal, Arles, banal, Barisal, Basle, Bhopal, Carl, chorale, corral, dhal, entente cordiale, Escorial, farl, femme fatale, Funchal, gayal, gnarl, halal, Karl, kraal, locale, marl, morale, musicale, Pascal, pastorale, procès-verbal, Provençal, rationale, real, rial, riyal, snarl, Taal, Taj Mahal, timbale, Vaal, Vidal, Waal

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