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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.
Usage note Unabridged
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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
  • twill be cold in t' boat, boy, and you'll perish altogether.

    Labrador Days Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • Under this name are classed a large number of fabrics of twill construction.

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • So they've settled it, and so 'twill be—onless, Wullie, onless—but curse it!

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • "'twill be nice to have fresh fish again," suggested Mrs. Twig.

    Left on the Labrador Dillon Wallace
  • "If it's not dead, now, 'twill be in very few hours," he said.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
  • "When I lose them, 'twill be time enough to lament them," said she, complacently.

    Judith Shakespeare William Black
  • "'twill be an admonition for you both," said Phœbe, with a faint smile.

    The Panchronicon Harold Steele Mackaye
  • But once the story of the White Horse of Banba is told, ‘twill keep ringing in your ears till the dawn of your doom.’

  • If grass does grow in Janiveer, 'twill be the worse for't a' the year.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
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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