- a fine, high-twisted and hard-twisted cotton thread, at least two-ply, used for hosiery, gloves, etc.
Origin of lisle thread
First recorded in 1850–55
Also called lisle.
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Examples from the Web for lisle thread
I couldn't buy a pair of lisle-thread gloves that were not made in Germany.
The Lisle-thread gloves will last as long as the kid, and will be much better on the whole, because they will wash.A New Atmosphere
Lisle-thread gloves in midsummer, thick gloves in midwinter, are more comfortable for street wear than kid ones.Our Deportment
John H. Young
As he took her proffered hand, he raised the lisle-thread fingers to his lips with old-fashioned gallantry.Openings in the Old Trail
It may be natural in mothers, whether they wear fur or feathers or lisle-thread stockings—but it worries me.The Prairie Child