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[twil] /twɪl/
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 forms
untwilled, adjective


[twil] /twɪl/
a contraction of it will.
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Examples from the web for twill
  • They were also woven in a diagonal twill pattern that indicated the use of a rather sophisticated loom.
  • There was blood on the boys' cuffs, their shirttails, and the bills of their gray twill caps.
  • Wear the soft, garment-washed twill cotton and clean lines to complement any summer outfit.
  • The jerseys are made of four-way stretch woven twill that sheds moisture.
  • Made of super twill and has elastic waist, one rear pocket.
  • The twill tape may stretch over time as the garment hangs and may need to be adjusted periodically.
  • Unstructured, washed, cotton-twill baseball hat with an adjustable strap.
  • The walls are covered by a red twill satin fabric with a gold scroll design in the borders.
  • The red color can rub off the red cloth twill tape, or bleed if exposed to water, causing permanent staining.
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
(transitive) to weave in this fashion
Word Origin
Old English twilic having a double thread; related to Old High German zwilīth twill, Latin bilīx two-threaded


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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