flan·​nel | \ ˈfla-nᵊl \

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 \ adjective

Examples of flannel in a Sentence

shirts made of bright-colored flannel He wore a dark blazer and gray flannels.

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Image On a Friday evening in May, Nick Offerman walked into the Carlyle Hotel on the Upper East Side, wearing a red flannel shirt, red New Balance sneakers and heavy-duty work jeans. New York Times, "Nick Offerman Becomes a Roadie for His Wife, Megan Mullally," 5 July 2018 Their flannel sheets are the best; cozy and comfortable, really warm, and sturdy enough to last through many a winter. Andrew Goble, GQ, "The Best Sheets Will Make You Unreasonably Excited to Go to Sleep," 14 Mar. 2018 The quilted flannel is incredibly warm and still soft on rough skin. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "PM Approved: Carhartt's Active Jac," 19 Nov. 2018 In the collection, Timberlake has rethought the staples of the Levi’s core offering: the trucker jacket, the shearling coat, the perfect 501 jean, the flannel, obviously. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Justin Timberlake Debuts a Levi’s Collaboration That Is Really “Just Justin”," 27 Sep. 2018 Just throw on some flannel, denim, and a pair of worn-in Converse for a look that screams Jughead. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "5 Jughead Halloween Costumes You'll Want to Wear All the Time," 2 Oct. 2018 The draperies are lined in flannel, so those suckers keep out the drafts. Douglas Brenner, House Beautiful, "Designer Annie Brahler on Decorating a Landmark Victorian," 1 Apr. 2012 Super-soft ultra-plush flannel covers the extra-large, 22-inch wide and 21-inch deep device. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "People Are Obsessed With This $46 Heating Pad That’s Like a Sleeping Bag for Your Feet," 15 Oct. 2018 First, stop at Eldorado, a vintage store with an endless California summer vibe, and George Gregory, a menswear store stocked with flannel, canvas, and felt millinery. Leslie Pariseau, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Days in Detroit," 3 Oct. 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of flannel

: a soft cloth made of wool or cotton

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