flannel

noun
flan·​nel | \ˈfla-nᵊl \

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 \ 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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Slats of ribs showed on his sides, like flannel over bone. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Meet Spitty, the Whippet Who Holds Five World Records," 22 June 2018 Standing in a field of corn and dressed in jeans and a flannel shirt rolled up to his elbows, Carl Salvaggio looks every inch the traditional farmer. Scientific American, "Agriculture’s Improving Image," 7 May 2018 There will soon be straight-leg flannel trousers, but one of the key pieces Mr. Cox designed for the new collection is an adaptation of 1980s running shorts his trainer gave him, redone in leopard chiffon. Matthew Schneier, New York Times, "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Duckie Brown?," 13 Feb. 2018 Slats of ribs showed on his sides, like flannel over bone. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Meet Spitty, the Whippet Who Holds Five World Records," 22 June 2018 Slats of ribs showed on his sides, like flannel over bone. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Meet Spitty, the Whippet Who Holds Five World Records," 22 June 2018 Slats of ribs showed on his sides, like flannel over bone. Christopher Solomon, Outside Online, "This Whippet Is One of the World's Great Athletes," 18 June 2018 For the past year or so, television has been engaged in a quiet bid to resurrect the decade of flannel, as executives address ratings woes by packaging Clinton-era characters for nostalgia-thirsty audiences. Steven Zeitchik, chicagotribune.com, "Many TV executives are trying to follow 'Roseanne' down the path of 1990s revivals, but they'll face a lot of pitfalls," 13 Apr. 2018 In winter: oversize, flannel, and red; in summer: short, thin, and cool. Maybe silk, maybe something silk-like but not silk, maybe something that’s not even like silk at all. Kelly Conaboy, The Cut, "You May Never Have Things Under Control, But You Can Have a Pajama Set," 22 May 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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flannel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of flannel

: a soft cloth made of wool or cotton

flannels : pants made of flannel

: foolish or meaningless words

flannel

noun
flan·​nel | \ˈfla-nᵊl \

Kids Definition of flannel

: a soft cloth made of wool or cotton

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