adjective \ˈli-nən\

Definition of LINEN

:  made of flax
:  made of or resembling linen

Origin of LINEN

Middle English, from Old English līnen, from līn flax, from Latin linum flax; akin to Greek linon flax, thread
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Textiles Terms

batt, bias, brocade, duck, flock, lawn, toile



: a smooth, strong cloth made from flax

: tablecloths, sheets, etc., made of linen or a similar cloth

Full Definition of LINEN

a :  cloth made of flax and noted for its strength, coolness, and luster
b :  thread or yarn spun from flax
:  clothing or household articles made of linen cloth or similar fabric
:  paper made from linen fibers or with a linen finish

Examples of LINEN

  1. She washes the linen every week.

First Known Use of LINEN

14th century

Other Textiles Terms

batt, bias, brocade, duck, flock, lawn, toile


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Fibre, yarn, and fabric made from the flax plant. Flax is one of the oldest textile fibres used by humans; evidence of its use has been found in Switzerland's prehistoric lake dwellings. Fine linen fabrics have been discovered in ancient Egyptian tombs. The fibre is obtained by subjecting plant stalks to a series of operations, including retting (a fermentation process), drying, crushing, and beating. Linen is stronger than cotton, dries more quickly, and is more slowly affected by exposure to sunlight. Low elasticity, imparting a hard, smooth texture, makes linen subject to wrinkling. Because linen absorbs and releases moisture quickly and is a good conductor of heat, linen garments feel cool to wearers. Fine grades of linen are made into woven fabrics and laces for apparel and household furnishings.


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