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 flannel (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 The most popular materials for men’s loungewear include cotton, polyester, fleece, and flannel. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "The best loungewear for men," 19 Dec. 2020 But layered under a flannel, this shirt makes a great addition to a winter wardrobe for extra warmth. Jamie Ueda, USA TODAY, "The 30 coziest gifts of 2020," 10 Nov. 2020 Of course, Kim Kardashian West would never just wear flannel pajamas for Christmas. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Twitter Compares Kim Kardashian to the Hulk for Wearing a Green Six-Pack Dress on Christmas," 26 Dec. 2020 Families who prefer flannel pajamas will love Target’s Plaid Pajamas. Anna Lane, USA TODAY, "10 family pajama sets that are perfect for Christmas and Hanukkah," 4 Dec. 2020 Dressed in a flannel jacket against the chill of the morning, Pryer said her neighbors’ houses on Almonaster had been lighted since maybe Friday. Katy Reckdahl, NOLA.com, "3 days after Hurricane Zeta, New Orleans area remains patchwork of light and dark," 31 Oct. 2020 The men's matching set ($35, Old Navy) comes in a flannel option. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "You Absolutely Should Wear Matching Pajamas This Valentine’s Day," 14 Jan. 2021 An Arkansas man dressed in jeans, a flannel coat and a baseball cap propped his boot on a desk in Pelosi’s office, rested what appeared to be a weapon against his hip and draped an American flag over a pile of documents. Washington Post, "The freedom to assemble," 14 Jan. 2021 On the side of Mount Helix that looks out toward the Pacific Ocean, a La Mesa family took turns posing for fun photos in their matching blue flannel and fleece pajama pants that were sprinkled with animated yetis. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sunshine, blue skies and masks make for a San Diego Christmas," 25 Dec. 2020

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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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24 Feb 2021

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“Flannel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flannel. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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