[ teks-tahyl, -til ]
/ ˈtɛks taɪl, -tɪl /


any cloth or goods produced by weaving, knitting, or felting.
a material, as a fiber or yarn, used in or suitable for weaving: Glass can be used as a textile.


woven or capable of being woven: textile fabrics.
of or relating to weaving.
of or relating to textiles or the production of textiles: the textile industry.

Nearby words

  1. text processing,
  2. textbook,
  3. textbookish,
  4. texter,
  5. textiform,
  6. textiles,
  7. texting,
  8. textlationship,
  9. textspeak,
  10. textual

Origin of textile

1520–30; < Latin textilis woven, textile (noun use of neuter) woven fabric, equivalent to text(us), past participle of texere to weave + -ilis, -ile -ile

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British Dictionary definitions for textile


/ (ˈtɛkstaɪl) /


any fabric or cloth, esp woven
raw material suitable to be made into cloth; fibre or yarn
a non-nudist, as described by nudists; one who wears clothes


of or relating to fabrics or the making of fabrics

Word Origin for textile

C17: from Latin textilis woven, from texere to weave

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Word Origin and History for textile



1620s, from Latin textilis "woven, fabric, cloth," noun use of textilis "woven," from texere "to weave," from PIE root *tek- "to make" (see texture).

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