flannel

noun flan·nel \ ˈfla-nᵊl \
Updated on: 4 Dec 2017

Definition of flannel

1 a : 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

flannel

adjective

flannelly

play \ˈfla-nᵊl-ē\ adjective

Examples of flannel in a Sentence

  1. shirts made of bright-colored flannel

  2. He wore a dark blazer and gray flannels.

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Origin and Etymology of flannel

Middle English flaunneol woolen cloth or garment


FLANNEL Defined for English Language Learners

flannel

noun

Definition of flannel for English Language Learners

  • : a soft cloth made of wool or cotton

  • flannels : pants made of flannel

  • : foolish or meaningless words


FLANNEL Defined for Kids

flannel

noun flan·nel \ ˈfla-nᵊl \

Definition of flannel for Students

: a soft cloth made of wool or cotton


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