Meaning of “textile” in the English Dictionary

"textile" in British English

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textilenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈtek.staɪl/ us /ˈtek.staɪl/

a cloth made by hand or machine:

the textile industry

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  • She makes a big profit from selling waste material to textile companies.
  • The textile industry still relies to some extent on sweated labour.
  • His pictures use textiles and found objects.
  • We only use the finest textiles for our upholstery.

(Definition of “textile” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"textile" in American English

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textilenoun [ C ]

us /ˈteks·tɑɪl, ·tɪl/

a cloth, esp. one that is woven:

Imports of textiles rose last year.

(Definition of “textile” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"textile" in Business English

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uk /ˈtekstaɪl/ us COMMERCE

[ C or U ] cloth made by hand or machine in large quantities:

The company is a major exporter of textiles and clothing.
the textile business/industry/market
textiles [ plural ]

the industry that makes cloth in large quantities:

The 132,000 new jobs do not come from agriculture, shipbuilding, or textiles.

(Definition of “textile” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)