[ twil ]
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  1. a fabric constructed in twill weave.

  2. a garment, as a suit or trousers, of this fabric.

verb (used with object)
  1. to weave in the manner of a twill.

  2. to weave in twill construction.

Origin of twill

1300–50; north and Scots variant of twilly (noun), Middle English twyle,Old English twilī(c), half translation, half adoption of Latin bilīc- (stem of bilīx) having double thread. See twi-

Other words from twill

  • un·twilled, adjective

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Other definitions for 'twill (2 of 2)

[ twil ]

  1. a contraction of it will.

usage note For 'twill Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use twill in a sentence

  • There were floral pants, printed bikinis, and even wedge heels covered in patterned silk twill.

    Milan Fashion Week's Malaise | Robin Givhan | September 23, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • And ’tis seven years ago since I saw them before, and ‘twill be seven years before I will see them again.

  • But once the story of the White Horse of Banba is told, ‘twill keep ringing in your ears till the dawn of your doom.’

  • "'twill be the change of air makes Sir Rowland matutinal," said Diana, making a gallant recovery from her agitation.

    Mistress Wilding | Rafael Sabatini
  • Wear my white linen—it's perfectly fresh, and 'twill fit you, I'm sure.

    The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch | Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
  • "'twill be somethin' good for Miss Nelly then," Bridget replied sagely.

    Mary Gray | Katharine Tynan

British Dictionary definitions for twill (1 of 2)


/ (twɪl) /

  1. (in textiles) of or designating a weave in which the weft yarns are worked around two or more warp yarns to produce an effect of parallel diagonal lines or ribs

  1. any fabric so woven

  1. (tr) to weave in this fashion

Origin of twill

Old English twilic having a double thread; related to Old High German zwilīth twill, Latin bilīx two-threaded

British Dictionary definitions for 'twill (2 of 2)


/ (twɪl) poetic, or dialect /

contraction of
  1. it will

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