Definition of textile in English:

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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.


1 [attributive] 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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Syllabification: tex·tile

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