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linen

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adjective lin·en \ˈli-nən\

Definition of linen

  1. 1 :  made of flax

  2. 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

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linen

noun lin·en

Definition of linen

  1. 1a :  cloth made of flax and noted for its strength, coolness, and lusterb :  thread or yarn spun from flax

  2. 2 :  clothing or household articles made of linen cloth or similar fabric

  3. 3 :  paper made from linen fibers or with a linen finish

Examples of linen in a Sentence

  1. She washes the linen every week.

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First Known Use of linen

14th century

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LINEN Defined for English Language Learners

linen

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Definition of linen for English Language Learners

  • : a smooth, strong cloth made from flax

  • : tablecloths, sheets, etc., made of linen or a similar cloth


LINEN Defined for Kids

linen

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noun lin·en \ˈli-nən\

Definition of linen for Students

  1. 1 :  smooth strong cloth or yarn made from flax

  2. 2 :  household articles (as tablecloths or sheets) or clothing that were once often made of linen


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