Flannel vs Twill - What's the difference?

flannel | twill |

In transitive terms the difference between flannel and twill

is that flannel is to rub with a flannel while twill is to weave (cloth, etc.) so as to produce the appearance of diagonal lines or ribs on the surface.

As an adjective flannel

is made of flannel.


Alternative forms

* (l) (dialectal) * (l), (l), (l) (Scotland)


  • (uncountable) A soft cloth material woven from wool, possibly combined with cotton or synthetic fibers.
  • With the weather turning colder, it was time to dig out our flannel sheets and nightclothes.
  • * 2012 , Tom Lamont, How Mumford & Sons became the biggest band in the world'' (in ''The Daily Telegraph , 15 November 2012)[http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/nov/15/mumford-sons-biggest-band-world]
  • First singer and guitarist Marcus Mumford, wearing a black suit, then bassist Ted Dwane, in leather bomber and T-shirt. Next bearded banjo player Winston Marshall, his blue flannel shirt hanging loose, and pianist Ben Lovett, wrapped in a woollen coat.
  • (New Zealand, British) A washcloth.
  • (slang) Soothing plausible untruth and half truth, claptrap - ''"Don't talk flannel" [http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/56/messages/708.html][http://dictionary.reverso.net/english-synonyms/claptrap][http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/index.pperl?date=19971103]
  • Derived terms

    * flannellike * flannelmouth * unflannelled


  • made of
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • to rub with a flannel
  • to flatter; suck up to
  • twill


    Alternative forms

    * tweel


    (wikipedia twill) (-)
  • (weaving) A pattern, characterised by diagonal ridges, created by the regular interlacing]] of threads of the warp and weft during [[weave, weaving.
  • * 1973 , P. R. Lord, M. H. Mohamed, Weaving: Conversion of Yarn to Fabric , 2nd Edition, page 167,
  • The twill' weave is always given a direction; a right-hand '''twill''' is one in which the '''twill''' line runs from bottom left to top right and a left-hand '''twill''' is one in which the '''twill''' line runs from bottom right to top left. The angle of the ' twill is determined by the amount of shift in the points of interlacing.
  • * 2000 , Walter S. Sondhelm, 4: Technical fabric structures - 1. Woven fabrics'', A. Richard Horrocks, Subhash C. Anand (editors), ''Handbook of Technical Textiles , page 68,
  • Industrial uses of twill' fabrics are mainly restricted to simple twills and only simple '''twills''' are described here. Broken '''twills''', waved '''twills''', herringbone '''twills''' and elongated ' twills are extensively used for suiting and dress fabrics.
  • * 2002 , Dianne Rose Jackman, Mary K. Dixon, Jill Condra, The Guide to Textiles for Interiors , page 98,
  • Herringbone'' fabrics are a twill''' variation having the ' twill line reversed at regular intervals.
  • A cloth or portion of cloth woven in such a pattern.
  • * 2006 , Mark Montano, Carly Sommerstein, Window Treatments and Slipcovers For Dummies , page 33,
  • Plain cotton twills , such as canvas, sailcloth, and denim, in mediumweight fabrics, can be a good choice for informal rooms that receive considerable wear and tear, such as rec rooms, dens, playrooms, or children's bedrooms.

    Derived terms

    * twill tape


    (en verb)
  • To weave (cloth, etc.) so as to produce the appearance of diagonal lines or ribs on the surface.