[teks-tahyl, -til]
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  1. any cloth or goods produced by weaving, knitting, or felting.
  2. a material, as a fiber or yarn, used in or suitable for weaving: Glass can be used as a textile.
  1. woven or capable of being woven: textile fabrics.
  2. of or relating to weaving.
  3. of or relating to textiles or the production of textiles: the textile industry.

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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Related Words for textiles

cloth, goods, yarn, fiber

Examples from the Web for textiles

Contemporary Examples of textiles

  • West told the paper he was in Italy to look at textiles and designs for the fashion label for which Kardashian is his muse.

  • I wonder if textiles have an easier time crossing cultures than pictures and sculptures do.

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    Ceviche Chow Mein, circa 1650

    Blake Gopnik

    October 28, 2013

  • Her giant hangings and textiles are fabulous things, but I'm particularly fond of her "Minimes", such as the two shown here.

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    Woven Idols

    Blake Gopnik

    May 11, 2012

  • As it has come down to us “on the borders of pottery and textiles, the meander resembles a maze or labyrinth.”

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    This Week’s Hot Reads: April 9, 2012

    Nicholas Mancusi, Malcolm Jones

    April 9, 2012

  • Instead, Washington places tariffs on Pakistani textiles that are three times the rate applied to most countries.

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    Three Ways to Help Pakistan

    Bruce Riedel

    June 23, 2011

Historical Examples of textiles

  • Piece dyeing is the cheapest method of applying color to textiles.


    William H. Dooley

  • Zurich is the centre of manufactures of textiles and fine machinery.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway

  • Ivory, coffee, and gold are shipped to India in exchange for textiles.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway

  • Velvet has always and justly been regarded as the most beautiful of textiles.

    Textiles and Clothing

    Kate Heintz Watson

  • A knowledge of the various widths of textiles is important in buying.

    Textiles and Clothing

    Kate Heintz Watson

British Dictionary definitions for textiles


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper