lint·​er | \ ˈlin-tər How to pronounce linter (audio) \

Definition of linter

1 : a machine for removing linters
2 linters plural : the fuzz of short fibers that adheres to cottonseed after ginning

Examples of linter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cupro, for example, is a regenerated cellulose fiber made from cotton linter — the silky fibers that stick to the seeds of the cotton plant after it has been ginned. Rosemary Feitelberg | Wwd,, 25 July 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'linter.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of linter

circa 1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About linter

Time Traveler for linter

Time Traveler

The first known use of linter was circa 1889

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near linter




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for linter

Cite this Entry

“Linter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on linter Encyclopedia article about linter


Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!