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

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 Inner Loop Antiques, Decor & More Antiques, vintage items, collectibles, linens, western pieces, painted furniture, floral arrangements and jewelry. Houston Chronicle, "Antiques centers around Houston," 10 May 2018 French boho devotees and Marant-philes have supported the flight suit for years—done up in denim and linen, zipped down to there and rolled up at the ankle for that signature devil-may-care attitude. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Making the Case for the Fancy Flight Suit," 8 July 2014 For a look that's simultaneously relaxed and serious, try wearing high-rise, wide-leg linen trousers with flat sandals in a neutral hue. Nicola Fumo, Harper's BAZAAR, "5 Chic Looks You Can Wear to Work and on the Weekend," 18 Mar. 2019 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

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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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