from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fine, smooth, tightly twisted thread spun from long-stapled cotton.
  • n. Fabric knitted of this thread, used especially for hosiery and underwear.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of strong cotton thread.
  • n. Cloth woven from lisle thread.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A city of France celebrated for certain manufactures.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a fabric woven with lisle thread
  • n. a strong tightly twisted cotton thread (usually made of long-staple cotton)


After Lisle (Lille), France.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named after Lisle, France, where it was first produced. (Wiktionary)


  • She rubbed her cheeks quickly and fiercely to bring back the color Sarah had driven out of them, and delayed a moment longer to put on her tan lisle-thread gloves.


  • Mrs. FitzGibbons also had a striped green overskirt and bodice of silk, with yellow lisle stockings, as a change from the homespun I had been provided with the day before.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • I tried not to look at the bleeding deer, frozen in his moment of final horror, as I packed my clothes into the top drawer: two skirts, two blouses and a pair of black lisle stockings that Mother had bid me darn so theyd see me through the coming winter.

    Kate Morton Ebook Collection

  • The Stamford, Conn. -based company recently introduced a fine-knit polo in mercerized lisle, a sturdy cotton thread, to make its golf shirts more comfortable for play in warmer climates.

    Wearing Thin

  • L-onie removed her dress, cotton lisle stockings, combinations and corset, draping garments across the carpet and armchair.


  • PRIORITIES THREE SHIRTS, AN EXTRA PAIR of decent breeches, two pair of stockings, one lisle, one silk-wait, where were the silk ones?

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • Thin black lisle stockings showed a modestly arched and rather small foot in a black pump.

    Our Mr. Wrenn

  • She dipped into the book, lounging on her window-seat, with her slim, lisle-stockinged legs crossed, and her knees up under her chin.

    Main Street

  • Could feel the cool fabric gliding between her legs, skimming over her lisle stockings.


  • There was pain there already, as the friction burned through the leather and thin cotton lisle of his socks.

    Second Skin

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  • "Elsewhere downtown could be found lace mitts, gilt hair ornaments, grosgrain ribbon, lisle-thread hose and fresh French flowers...."
    —Molly Caldwell Crosby, The American Plague (New York: Berkeley Books, 2006), 25

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