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

At the start, white Brunello Cucinelli linen and fresh Apple Watch imprint. Marisa Meltzer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Latest Travel Trend? Super Sabbaticals," 24 Dec. 2018 Some of them, such as the 6080 Boutique Hotel and the X Miami tower, come fully furnished with beds, sofas, flat-screen TVs — even flatware and bed linens. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "How small can you go? These new Miami apartments want you to downsize and live large | Miami Herald," 23 Apr. 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 Easily add a pantry with a double-door tall cabinet, or opt for a style with glass doors and a few drawers to store your special occasion china and linens. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Just Right," 11 Feb. 2019 Murray is worried about the light, since the low-ceiling room is painted a dark pink and crowded with baskets, ceramics, and linens. Kyre Chenven, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Sardinia’s Wild Side, Head to Sulcis," 12 Oct. 2018 Gray walls use dirt-repellant wool felt—roll-up curtains included—and other trim options include oak and linen. The Lume Traveler’s kitchen is outside, accessed from a rear hatch like a teardrop trailer. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Aluminum camper trailer features a convertible roof for star gazing," 13 Aug. 2018 Whether on the Atlantic or Pacific, Mediterranean or Baltic, opt for a white oxford or linen button-down rather than a graphic tee or tank top. Tucker Westbrook, Town & Country, "14 Style Lessons I Learned From JFK," 5 July 2018 Striped pillows mingle with nubby throw blankets and linen sheets for the ultimate winter bed, while unexpected details like tassels and fringed edges give each element a thoughtful, finished look. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "A Joanna Gaines Bedding Line Is Coming To Target The Day After Christmas," 22 Dec. 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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