Meaning of FABRIC in English

fab ‧ ric /ˈfæbrɪk/ BrE AmE noun

[ Date: 1400-1500 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: fabrique , from Latin fabrica 'thing made, place where things are made' ]

1 . [uncountable and countable] cloth used for making clothes, curtains etc SYN material :

our new range of fabrics and wallpapers

cotton/silk/synthetic etc fabric

printed cotton fabric

2 . [singular] the fabric of a society is its basic structure, way of life, relationships, and traditions

fabric of

Drug abuse poses a major threat to the fabric of our society.

The country’s social fabric is disintegrating.

3 . the fabric of something the fabric of a building is its basic structure, including walls and the roof:

the need to preserve the fabric of the church

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■ for making clothes etc

▪ material noun [uncountable and countable] cloth used for making clothes, curtains etc:

She bought some pretty dress material.

▪ fabric noun [uncountable] cloth used for making clothes, curtains etc:

Man-made fabrics such as polyester are easy to wash and iron.


furnishing fabrics

▪ cloth noun [uncountable] woven material, especially material made from natural substances such as cotton and wool, which has not yet been made into any other products:

The main trade was the production of woollen cloth.

▪ textiles noun [plural] formal a general word for all types of cloth – used especially when talking about the business of producing and selling them:

Textiles are one of Mexico’s main exports.


the textile industry

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.