flannel

noun
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

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.
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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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Last Updated

23 Jun 2022

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“Flannel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flannel. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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flannel

noun
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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