any of various transparent linens and cottons.

Origin of toile

1555–65; < French: linen cloth, canvas. See toil2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a transparent linen or cotton fabric
a garment of exclusive design made up in cheap cloth so that alterations and experiments can be made

Word Origin for toile

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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