flan·​nel | \ ˈfla-nᵊl How to pronounce flannel (audio) \

Definition of flannel

1a : a soft twilled wool or worsted fabric with a loose texture and a slightly napped surface
b : a napped cotton fabric of soft yarns simulating the texture of wool flannel
c : a stout cotton fabric usually napped on one side
2 flannels plural
a : flannel underwear
b : outer garments of flannel especially : men's trousers
3 British : washcloth
4 British : flattering or evasive talk also : nonsense, rubbish

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Other Words from flannel

flannel adjective
flannelly \ ˈfla-​nᵊl-​ē How to pronounce flannelly (audio) \ adjective

Examples of flannel in a Sentence

shirts made of bright-colored flannel He wore a dark blazer and gray flannels.
Recent Examples on the Web Wear it over leggings with a classic white tee for a lounging look, or pair it with dark jeans and flannel for a classic fall look. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "26 amazing deals from Anthropologie's biggest sale of the year," 18 Oct. 2019 Is there a man with a perfectly oiled beard, sporting a Marine Layer flannel, on his way to the gym? oregonlive, "Portland named 5th most-handsome city in the U.S.," 12 Dec. 2019 The three men on the Solutions team wore Australian work boots, flannel, and high-performance athletic vests; drank energy shots; and popped Vitamin B in the mornings. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "Four Years in Startups," 23 Sep. 2019 Saturday-Sunday Fall Fun Put on your favorite flannel, tie up your boots, and dive into fall at Wilson Farm’s annual Harvest Festival in Lexington. BostonGlobe.com, "International Intrigue," 2 Nov. 2019 His Perry Ellis Spring 1993 collection was inspired by the grunge scene and featured supermodels parading down the runway in slouchy flannels and floppy beanies. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Marc Jacobs Will Receive MTV’s First-Ever Fashion Trailblazer Award," 30 July 2019 Yet to many, despite years of constant presence and tireless work to keep the village tidy, Tarpley was for a long time shrouded in flannel and mystery. Matt Chittum, Washington Post, "Neighborhood remembers the ‘Angel of Grandin Road’," 25 Oct. 2019 As a child in Sevierville, Tennessee, my Santa wore a red flannel shirt and overalls and drove a green pickup truck. Stella Parton, Country Living, "My Family Was Poor But the Kindness of Strangers Made Christmas Possible," 17 Nov. 2017 Autumn’s on the way, which means swapping lemonade for cider, linen for flannel and dehydration-inducing heat waves for (hopefully) cooler temperatures. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Top Baltimore arts events for fall 2019," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of flannel

1503, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for flannel

Middle English flaunneol woolen cloth or garment

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The first known use of flannel was in 1503

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31 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Flannel.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flannel. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of flannel

: a soft cloth made of wool or cotton
: pants made of flannel
British, informal : foolish or meaningless words


flan·​nel | \ ˈfla-nᵊl How to pronounce flannel (audio) \

Kids Definition of flannel

: a soft cloth made of wool or cotton

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