linen

adjective
lin·​en | \ ˈli-nən How to pronounce linen (audio) \

Definition of linen

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : made of flax
2 : made of or resembling linen

linen

noun

Definition of linen (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : cloth made of flax and noted for its strength, coolness, and luster
b : thread or yarn spun from flax
2 : clothing or household articles made of linen cloth or similar fabric
3 : paper made from linen fibers or with a linen finish

Examples of linen in a Sentence

Noun

She washes the linen every week.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There were a couple of things the meal celebrated—Mother’s Day, for one, but also the launch of Kassatex's first collection of tabletop linens. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "Kassatex Launches Lovely Linens With a Mother’s Day Luncheon," 9 May 2019 Unlike cash, which is made of linen that can absorb drug residue and attract drug-sniffing dogs, debit cards can be easily cleaned. Nicole Hong, WSJ, "What El Chapo’s Trial Revealed: The Inner Workings of a $14 Billion Drug Empire," 12 Feb. 2019 But his bed of white linens is still in a room under a curved pink roof. Washington Post, "Where do World Cup fans meet? At Stalin’s secret bunker," 5 July 2018 Jeff Park’s shoulder moved unsubtly beneath his hand, the linen of his shirt slipping out of Barry’s grasp. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, "The Luck of Kokura," 18 June 2018 Its eyelids are sealed, a stitch of linen on the lower lid. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "‘Choose Marriage or Education’," 29 May 2018 In addition, there are luxury fabrics such as silk, which is extra-fine with a brilliant sheen; satin, which is has a lustrous surface; and linen, which is very soft but has a more visible structure. Hannah Morrill, ELLE Decor, "The Best Luxury Sheets For the Perfect Night's Sleep," 15 Nov. 2018 Spacious rooms come with fireplaces, leather chairs, Frette linens, and whirlpool tubs, while bungalows and villas on a hillside have private gardens or vineyard views. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Stoll, a local handbag and jewelry designer partial to leather, linen, wood, wool felt and raw metals, opened her namesake studio-cum-shop in May. Her brand’s modern minimalist designs, with an organic bent, are spot-on for Wine Country living. SFChronicle.com, "25 ways to chase your perfect Bay Area summer," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of linen

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for linen

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English līnen, from līn flax, from Latin linum flax; akin to Greek linon flax, thread

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The first known use of linen was before the 12th century

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linen

noun

English Language Learners Definition of linen

: a smooth, strong cloth made from flax
: tablecloths, sheets, etc., made of linen or a similar cloth

linen

noun
lin·​en | \ ˈli-nən How to pronounce linen (audio) \

Kids Definition of linen

1 : smooth strong cloth or yarn made from flax
2 : household articles (as tablecloths or sheets) or clothing that were once often made of linen

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