- any of various transparent linens and cottons.
- toile de Jouy.
Origin of toile
1555–65; < French: linen cloth, canvas. See toil2
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Examples from the Web for toile
He was at this time informed that Bar, the servant of M. de Commeron, the botanist of the toile, was a woman.
When Bougainville went on board the toile, Bar, bathed in tears, admitted that she was a woman.
The porter was profusely polite, and the horses started off at a loose trot down the Boulevards and towards the toile.The Devourers
Annie Vivanti Chartres
The two carriages went as far as the toile turnpike by way of the Maillot gate.The Prussian Terror
The principal industry of the place is the manufacture of sparkling wines, the toile growth being the best for this purpose.
- a transparent linen or cotton fabric
- a garment of exclusive design made up in cheap cloth so that alterations and experiments can be made
C19: from French, from Latin tēla a loom
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Word Origin and History for toile
c.1400, "type of heavy, coarse cloth," from Old French toile "linen cloth, canvas" (see toil (n.2)). As a type of dress material, from 1794.
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