[ lahyl ]
/ laɪl /


knit goods, as gloves or hose, made of lisle thread.


made of lisle thread.

Origin of lisle

1850–55; named after Lisle, France, where first made

Definition for lisle (2 of 2)


[ leel for 1–3; lahyl for 4 ]
/ lil for 1–3; laɪl for 4 /


former name of Lille.
a town in NE Illinois. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lisle


/ (laɪl) /


  1. a strong fine cotton thread or fabric
  2. (as modifier)lisle stockings

Word Origin for lisle

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.

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