Definition of toile in English:


Line breaks: toile
Pronunciation: /twɑːl


1An early version of a finished garment made up in cheap material so that the design can be tested and perfected.
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  • 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.
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  • 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'.

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