- made of lisle thread.
Origin of lisle
1850–55; named after Lisle, France, where first made
[leel for 1–3; lahyl for 4]
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Examples from the Web for lisle
This was one of the great curses of Lisle Court; the other was yet more galling.
The party were silent and sleepy till they arrived at Lisle Court.
Lumley thought at that moment less of Evelyn than of Lisle Court.
"Let's have 'Shall I, wasting in despair,'" Lisle suggested.
The tide had ebbed, and he did not even think of her as other than Miss Lisle.
- a strong fine cotton thread or fabric
- (as modifier)lisle stockings
C19: named after Lisle (now Lille), town in France where this type of thread was originally manufactured
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Word Origin and History for lisle
1851, from French Lisle, earlier spelling of Lille, cith in northwest France where the thread was made; the name is apparently originally l'isle "the island," referring to its location.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper