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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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  • I know, observed she thoughtfully, that twill be indeed long before we are as we were before their coming.

    Peggy Owen Patriot Lucy Foster Madison
  • I have no great amount to leave you, but 'twill be comfortable so far as it goes.

    The Green Satin Gown Laura E. Richards
  • Under this name are classed a large number of fabrics of twill construction.

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

    The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys Gulielma Zollinger
  • "'twill be nice to have fresh fish again," suggested Mrs. Twig.

    Left on the Labrador Dillon Wallace
  • Once let the news get out 'twill grow to a hundred thousand afore night.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "When I lose them, 'twill be time enough to lament them," said she, complacently.

    Judith Shakespeare William Black
  • I rather guess 'twill be Henry himself that's surprised fust.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • But once the story of the White Horse of Banba is told, ‘twill keep ringing in your ears till the dawn of your doom.’

  • "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
(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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