- 1 [countable] any type of cloth made by weaving or knitting a factory producing a range of textiles the textile industry a textile designer Thesaurusfabriccloth material textileThese are all words for woven or knitted cotton, silk, wool, etc., used for making things such as clothes and curtains, and for covering furniture.fabric woven or knitted cotton, silk, wool, etc., used for making things such as clothes and curtains, and for covering furniture:cotton fabric upholstery fabrics Fabric is often fairly strong material, and is often used when talking about covering furniture or making curtains.cloth fabric made by weaving or knitting cotton, wool, silk, etc.:His bandages had been made from strips of cloth. Cloth is often fairly light material. Cloth is frequently used in talking about clothing material, or buying and selling woven material.material fabric used for making clothes, curtains, etc:The material was dyed with natural ingredients. Material is a more general word than fabric or cloth as it has the related meaning of “a substance that things can be made from.” It is not used when it might not be clear which type of material is meant:upholstery material the material industrytextile any type of fabric made by weaving or knitting:She owns a factory producing a range of textiles. the textile industry Textile is used mostly when talking about the business of making woven materials. The industry of making textiles is called textiles:He works in textiles.Patterns woven/cotton/woolen fabric/cloth/material/textiles synthetic fabric/material/textiles dyed/printed fabric/cloth/textiles curtain/dress/clothing/upholstery fabric/material
- 2textiles [plural] the industry that makes cloth He got a job in textiles.