Definition of linen
1 : made of flax
2 : made of or resembling linen
Origin and Etymology of linen
Middle English, from Old English līnen, from līn flax, from Latin linum flax; akin to Greek linon flax, thread
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of linen
1a : cloth made of flax and noted for its strength, coolness, and lusterb : 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
She washes the linen every week.
Recent Examples of linen from the Web
Why not reduce clutter and store your roll stockpile in a linen closet or in the garage?
Instead, pick your favorite festival look in materials such as cotton, linen and hemp.
To be fair, condoms have come a long way since they were made from linens in ancient Egypt and animal bladders or intestines in ancient Rome.
Afterward, the volunteer would have to gather all the work uniforms, separate them, and then bring them up to the truck for linen service.
The three-martini lunch was once symbolic of a good-ole-boys culture of the 1960s, where executives would disappear for hours in the middle of a day to hammer out deals over white linen and porcelain plates.
And no-socks looks best with lightweight suits in summer linens and seersucker.
Casafina, a Brewster, N.Y., wholesaler, is holding a warehouse sale of linens, gifts, dinnerware and garden items, all up to 70 percent off.
A variety of teas, sandwiches and sweets are presented with vintage china and linens.
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First Known Use of linen
LINEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of linen for English Language Learners
: a smooth, strong cloth made from flax
: tablecloths, sheets, etc., made of linen or a similar cloth
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Definition of linen for Students
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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