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

One bath has a dual vanity and linen closet, and the other has a single vanity. Pamela Dittmer Mckuen, chicagotribune.com, "Residences at Addison and Clark offer luxury living with nods to neighbor Wrigley — but don't expect to see the field," 17 June 2019 He and his wife have since altered much of their home, raising walls, putting up crown molding and building a laundry room and bathroom from scratch — including a linen closet with drawers. Farhad Manjoo, New York Times, "How Online Hobbyists Can Reaffirm Your Faith in the Internet," 11 July 2018 Looser linen trousers with button flies tapered harmoniously. Washington Post, "Fendi, Armani close Milan Fashion Week in fresh venues," 17 June 2019 Mix nubby fabrics with linens for an organic aesthetic. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "Are you a pillow lover or minimalist?," 6 June 2019 This morning, Flint debuted a limited-edition linen espadrille as part of a collaboration with Lauren Bush Lauren's brand Feed. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle's Favorite Flats Brand Sarah Flint Just Launched the Perfect Shoe for Summer," 4 June 2019 Gabriel lives in his Vilbrequin swim trunks, polo shirts and breezy linen pants. Shayne Benowitz, miamiherald, "Four local couples share their favorite summer activities, while making new memories with INDULGE," 4 June 2019 Linen and silk: Similar to polyester, fibers like linen or silk can't give thread counts that are comparable to cotton. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "Does the Thread Count of Your Sheets Matter? Bedding Experts Reveal the Truth," 17 May 2019 Historically, linens have been passed down from generation to generation. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need to Know About Caring for Tabletop Accessories," 11 Feb. 2019

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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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