Definition of twill in English:


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Pronunciation: /twɪl


[mass noun]
A fabric so woven as to have a surface of diagonal parallel ridges.
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  • Fabrics such as twill, poplin, canvas, suede, denim and wool are also available in a variety of styles.
  • Quilt no. 816 has the greatest variety of fabrics: brown twill, checks, stripes, plain weave tans and blues, glazed fabrics, and a single calico print.
  • Gabardine is a tightly woven wool twill with a high sheen.


[with object] (usually as adjective twilled) Back to top  
Weave (fabric) so as to have a surface of diagonal parallel ridges: twilled cotton
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  • Cotton flannel is a name for cotton that is twilled, heavy and features a long plush nap.
  • Drill is a strong twilled cotton fabric, used in men's and women's slacks.
  • American combat uniforms were a combination of wools and rugged herringbone twilled cotton, designed to be worn in layers and usually in a number of non-regulation combinations.


Middle English: from a Scots and northern English variant of obsolete twilly, from Old English twi- 'two', suggested by Latin bilix 'two-threaded'.

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