Definition of twill in English:



mass noun
  • A fabric so woven as to have a surface of diagonal parallel ridges.

    • ‘Basic white T-shirts livened up with small printed images and a selection of twill fabric carrier bags in muted pastels with bird and floral designs representative of ink brush painting were also on display.’
    • ‘Quilt no. 816 has the greatest variety of fabrics: brown twill, checks, stripes, plain weave tans and blues, glazed fabrics, and a single calico print.’
    • ‘Stretch shiny silk satin, light stretch silk twill, jersey, nylon taffeta, and leather dominate the collection.’
    • ‘The weave is herringbone twill, a pattern known to the ancients, and the thread appears to be hand spun, an ancient technique.’
    • ‘He added big floral prints drenched with reminiscence and balanced retro-looking fabrics like lightweight cotton voile and washed twill with modern nylon and Lycra blends.’
    • ‘While Europe has many mills producing wool goods and other expensive, high-end fabrics, he says, it does not have many resources offering inexpensive denim and twill fabrics, which largely are being imported from the Far East.’
    • ‘Well, it wasn't satin to start with, it was double - faced twill which is a very heavy fabric which cuts and falls beautifully.’
    • ‘The trend seems to be following this season's current direction, which leans toward a more casual and informal style, with biker jackets, for instance, patchwork shirts in printed silk twill and narrow trousers.’
    • ‘There are lots of satin and technical fabrics which include silk jersey, duchess satin, silk satin, parachute silk, viscose organza, silk twill, cotton canvas and taffeta.’
    • ‘Whether you're planning to sew or use a ready-made garment, be sure to select sturdy fabric such as denim, faux leather or heavy twill to support the embellishment weight without distortion.’
    • ‘We chose to pair our suit jacket with khaki slacks in a lightweight wool twill.’
    • ‘Fabrics such as twill, poplin, canvas, suede, denim and wool are also available in a variety of styles.’
    • ‘Additionally, the designer has several basic styles and fabrications (mercerized cotton twill pants, stretch poplin blouses and T-shirts) that retailers request continuously.’
    • ‘Gabardine is a tightly woven wool twill with a high sheen.’
    • ‘Living room sofas in washed-out red twill with yellow piping are balanced by yellow armchairs with red piping.’
    • ‘Fragments found at the sixteenth-century Red Bank site in New Brunswick, Canada, show both twill and check weaves in cedar bark, possibly for mats or baskets.’
    • ‘After bringing color to its twills early on some seven catalogs ago, the company has expanded its color offering in twill and denim for 2004 to 34 colors in men's and 23 colors in women's - and now in both woven and matching polo piques.’
    • ‘In the early years of cotton production, the factories produced cotton yarns that local families wove into simple plain or twill fabrics like jean, plaid, stripe, check, and muslin on two- or four-harness looms.’
    • ‘They display brocades, compound weaves, lampas, plain weaves, samite, tapestry and twill to provide a snapshot of the expansive weaving styles of Central Asia.’
    • ‘His latest collection, the first since his two-year hiatus, features colours like orange, white, black and lilac, using material like English twill, linen and soft leather.’


[with object]usually as adjective twilled
  • Weave (fabric) so as to have a surface of diagonal parallel ridges.

    ‘twilled cotton’
    • ‘American combat uniforms were a combination of wools and rugged herringbone twilled cotton, designed to be worn in layers and usually in a number of non-regulation combinations.’
    • ‘Cotton flannel is a name for cotton that is twilled, heavy and features a long plush nap.’
    • ‘Pilot Cloth is a coarse, heavy, stout twilled woolen that is heavily napped and navy blue.’
    • ‘Drill is a strong twilled cotton fabric, used in men's and women's slacks.’


Middle English: from a Scots and northern English variant of obsolete twilly, from Old English twi- ‘two’, suggested by Latin bilix ‘two-threaded’.