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[twil] /twɪl/
a fabric constructed in twill weave.
a garment, as a suit or trousers, of this fabric.
verb (used with object)
to weave in the manner of a twill.
to weave in twill construction.
Origin of twill
1300-50; north and Scots variant of twilly (noun), Middle English twyle, Old English twilī(c), half translation, half adoption of Latin bilīc- (stem of bilīx) having double thread. See twi-
Related forms
untwilled, adjective


[twil] /twɪl/
a contraction of it will.
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Examples from the Web for twill
Historical Examples
  • I have no great amount to leave you, but 'twill be comfortable so far as it goes.

    The Green Satin Gown Laura E. Richards
  • Sit you in it, and 'twill be all the same as if I sat there myself.

    The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys Gulielma Zollinger
  • Once let the news get out 'twill grow to a hundred thousand afore night.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I rather guess 'twill be Henry himself that's surprised fust.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "But 'twill cost so like the dickens to furnish it," I says.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "'Deed no, and 'twill he better for both of you," said my landlady.

  • Let her holler; 'twill do her good and keep her in practice for Come-Outer meetin'.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "'twill take a shrewd rogue to better me," his lordship agreed.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • "twill clearly be difficult," answered Crispin, with a laugh.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • "Keep your distance, sir, or 'twill be the worse for you," he threatened.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for twill


(in textiles) of or designating a weave in which the weft yarns are worked around two or more warp yarns to produce an effect of parallel diagonal lines or ribs
any fabric so woven
(transitive) to weave in this fashion
Word Origin
Old English twilic having a double thread; related to Old High German zwilīth twill, Latin bilīx two-threaded


it will
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Word Origin and History for twill

"cloth woven in parallel diagonal lines," early 14c., Scottish and northern English variant of Middle English twile, from Old English twili "woven with double thread, twilled," formed on model of Latin bilix "with a double thread" (with Old English twi- substituted for cognate Latin bi-), from Latin licium "thread," of uncertain origin.

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