flan·​nel ˈfla-nᵊl How to pronounce flannel (audio)
: a soft twilled wool or worsted fabric with a loose texture and a slightly napped surface
: a napped cotton fabric of soft yarns simulating the texture of wool flannel
: a stout cotton fabric usually napped on one side
flannels plural
: flannel underwear
: outer garments of flannel
especially : men's trousers
British : washcloth
British : flattering or evasive talk
also : nonsense, rubbish
flannel adjective
flannelly 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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Word History


Middle English flaunneol woolen cloth or garment

First Known Use

1503, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of flannel was in 1503

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Cite this Entry

“Flannel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flannel. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


flan·​nel ˈflan-ᵊl How to pronounce flannel (audio)
: a soft cloth made of wool or cotton
plural : flannel underwear or trousers

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