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.

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Expanding the torso for more spaciousness and flexibility when moving and with room for an extra layer, Arc’teryx also added a softer flannel backer material on the inside for increased comfort. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Everything That Goes Into Making an Arc'teryx Jacket," 24 May 2019 Made in Seattle, this go-anywhere henley is ideal for shoulder season — it was designed to function as both a stand-alone piece with heavy jersey fabric, and a layering item for under a sweater or flannel. Caitlin Flynn, The Seattle Times, "Sweaters, jackets for summer nights and fall days," 16 Aug. 2018 Certain fabrics don't need ironing (like flannel) but if your sheets are made from linen or cotton, take the time. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "How a Professional Set Stylist Makes the Perfect Bed," 21 Feb. 2019 The Nine Inch Nails t-shirt, the flannel—was any of that in your closet growing up? Valerie Complex, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brie Larson Wants Captain Marvel to Change the Film Industry," 25 Mar. 2019 Some 100 percent cotton flannel or jersey sheets also fall into this price range. Hannah Morrill, ELLE Decor, "The Best Luxury Sheets For the Perfect Night's Sleep," 15 Nov. 2018 Weaving in multiple tones in the flannel shades is what makes this look current and modern. Janell Hickman, Allure, ""Flannel Hair" Is the Fabric-Inspired Color Trend Trend That's Got Us Psyched for Fall," 16 Aug. 2018 Brooklyn rocked a crew-neck black tee layered under a collared flannel, with medium wash jeans, black Chuck Taylor's, a brown leather belt, plus a simple single chain necklace. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Victoria and David Beckham Look Uber Stylish For a Double Date with son Brooklyn Beckham in New York," 25 Jan. 2019 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

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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 How to pronounce flannel (audio) \

Kids Definition of flannel

: a soft cloth made of wool or cotton

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