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lisle

[lahyl] /laɪl/
noun
1.
knit goods, as gloves or hose, made of lisle thread.
adjective
3.
made of lisle thread.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; named after Lisle, France, where first made

Lisle

[leel for 1–3; lahyl for 4] /lil for 1–3; laɪl for 4/
noun
3.
former name of Lille.
4.
a town in NE Illinois.
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British Dictionary definitions for lisle

lisle

/laɪl/
noun
1.
  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
n.

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.

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