Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A city of France celebrated for certain manufactures.
  • noun a fine summer glove, made of Lisle thread.
  • noun a fine handmade lace, made at Lisle.
  • noun a hard twisted cotton thread, originally produced at Lisle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[After Lisle, (Lille), France.]

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Named after Lisle, France, where it was first produced.

Examples

  • 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.

    CHAPTER XIX

  • 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

  • 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.

    The House at Riverton

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

    Sepulchre

  • 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.

    Hearts

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  • Citation on hylozoism.

    August 19, 2008

  • "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

    October 5, 2008