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Definition of textile noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    textile

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    BrE BrE//ˈtekstaɪl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtekstaɪl//
     
    The fashion world
     
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  1. 1[countable] any type of cloth made by weaving or knitting a factory producing a range of textiles the textile industry a textile designer Synonymsfabric cloth 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 furnishing 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, especially in a form that has not been printed, treated, or prepared for use in any way. Cloth is frequently used in talking about buying and selling woven material.material fabric used for making clothes, curtains, etc:‘What material is this dress made of?’ ‘Cotton.’ 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:furnishing material the material industry a material manufacturertextile any type of fabric made by weaving or knitting:He 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 got a job in textiles.Patterns woven/​cotton/​woollen fabric/​cloth/​material/​textiles synthetic fabric/​material/​textiles printed fabric/​cloth/​textiles furnishing/​curtain/​dress fabric/​material See related entries: The fashion world
  2. 2textiles [plural] the industry that makes cloth He got a job in textiles. See related entries: The fashion world
  3. Word Origin early 17th cent.: from Latin textilis, from text- ‘woven’, from the verb texere.Extra examples a producer of fine cotton textiles He owns a factory producing a range of textiles. She’s always wanted to work in the textile industry. They’re advertising for a textile designer.
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