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[lahyl] /laɪl/
knit goods, as gloves or hose, made of lisle thread.
made of lisle thread.
Origin of lisle
1850-55; named after Lisle, France, where first made


[leel for 1–3; lahyl for 4] /lil for 1–3; laɪl for 4/
former name of Lille.
a town in NE Illinois. Unabridged
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  • lisle reflected rapidly as he followed up the crevasse, which showed no sign of narrowing.

    The Long Portage Harold Bindloss
  • Really, Mr. lisle, I am truly distressed, and offer you a thousand apologies.

    Hubert's Wife Minnie Mary Lee
  • Having nothing to do that day, lisle strolled about the town.

  • "You will not enter the house again," said Mrs. lisle to the proved culprit.

    Hubert's Wife Minnie Mary Lee
  • lisle was still asleep or unconscious, but the natural color in his face was reassuring.

    The Long Portage Harold Bindloss
  • "Kizzie, stop that acting, and get up from there," commanded Mrs. lisle.

    Hubert's Wife Minnie Mary Lee
  • lisle sat silent a few minutes, conscious of a strong satisfaction.

    The Long Portage Harold Bindloss
  • What added to Mrs. lisle's bitterness was the conduct of her son.

    Hubert's Wife Minnie Mary Lee
  • Stopping when he was hidden from the camp among the rocks lisle turned savagely to his companion.

    The Long Portage Harold Bindloss
  • Mr. lisle's first letter to his son, to which we have referred, was not his last.

    Hubert's Wife Minnie Mary Lee
British Dictionary definitions for lisle


  1. a strong fine cotton thread or fabric
  2. (as modifier): lisle stockings
Word Origin
C19: named after Lisle (now Lille), town in France where this type of thread was originally manufactured
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Word Origin and History for lisle

1851, from French Lisle, earlier spelling of Lille, cith in northwest France where the thread was made; the name is apparently originally l'isle "the island," referring to its location.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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