a fabric constructed in twill weave.
a garment, as a suit or trousers, of this fabric.

verb (used with object)

to weave in the manner of a twill.
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-
Related formsun·twilled, adjective



a contraction of it will.

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Related Words for twill

material, goods, cotton, stuff, bolt, weave, tissue, calico, textiles

Examples from the Web for twill

Historical Examples of twill

  • I have no great amount to leave you, but 'twill be comfortable so far as it goes.

    The Green Satin Gown

    Laura E. Richards

  • Sit you in it, and 'twill be all the same as if I sat there myself.

  • Once let the news get out 'twill grow to a hundred thousand afore night.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • I rather guess 'twill be Henry himself that's surprised fust.

    The Woman-Haters

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "But 'twill cost so like the dickens to furnish it," I says.

    Cape Cod Stories

    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for twill



(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


any fabric so woven


(tr) to weave in this fashion

Word Origin for twill

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


contraction of

it will
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Word Origin and History for twill

"cloth woven in parallel diagonal lines," early 14c., Scottish and northern English variant of Middle English twile, from Old English twili "woven with double thread, twilled," formed on model of Latin bilix "with a double thread" (with Old English twi- substituted for cognate Latin bi-), from Latin licium "thread," of uncertain origin.

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