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toile

[twahl] /twɑl/
noun
1.
any of various transparent linens and cottons.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; < French: linen cloth, canvas. See toil2
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  • Ivory linens and red silk toile fabrics brighten the dark, wood interior.
  • In fact she appears to reserve special scorn for the toile of grammar, the adjective: she is perfectly happy with approximates.
British Dictionary definitions for toile

toile

/twɑːl/
noun
1.
a transparent linen or cotton fabric
2.
a garment of exclusive design made up in cheap cloth so that alterations and experiments can be made
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Latin tēla a loom
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Word Origin and History for toile
n.

c.1400, "type of heavy, coarse cloth," from Old French toile "linen cloth, canvas" (see toil (n.2)). As a type of dress material, from 1794.

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