woolen

1 of 2

adjective

wool·​en ˈwu̇-lən How to pronounce woolen (audio)
variants or woollen
1
: made of wool
2
: of or relating to the manufacture or sale of woolen products
woolen mills

woolen

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noun

variants or woollen
1
: a fabric made of wool and especially of woolen yarns having a fuzzy or napped face (as for use in clothing or blankets) compare worsted
2
: garments of woolen fabric
usually used in plural

Examples of woolen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Scandinavian-style furniture — including hyper-efficient wood-burning stoves, light marble countertops, a low-rise woolen sofa from Muuto, and leather and oak Samurai armchairs from Danish designer Norr11 — accentuate the European design blend. Katie Lockhart, Travel + Leisure, 8 June 2024 For example, woolen stockings have been discovered one or two at a time. Irene Wright, Miami Herald, 6 May 2024 It was made from woolen yarn and was lined with silk, only done for an officer or someone high up in the church, according to the release. Irene Wright, Miami Herald, 6 May 2024 In and around Central Park, Elizabeth (and her adorable family) enjoy the changing seasons in a selection of early fall staples—with each look factoring in one-half of her wonderfully woolen suit. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 17 Aug. 2023 As played by Oscar Isaac, the current crown prince of woolen heartthrobs, Sidney is full of rambunctious romantic enthusiasm but little follow-through. Lorraine Hansberry, Vulture, 27 Apr. 2023 Consequently, the predicament of that trombonist in his woolen clothes feels increasingly familiar. Jon Mooallem, New York Times, 12 July 2023 Her desiccated body was buried in a mummy pack along with her possessions: three woolen shirts, some feathers, corncobs, a wooden spoon, a gourd container, and a metal crucible. . . . George Johnson, Discover Magazine, 5 Aug. 2013 Having first appeared in Norway in 2011, this book must take at least some blame for the craze for hygge—the Danish concept of coziness, nostalgia and craftsmanship co-opted by marketers as an all-purpose Scandinavian lifestyle brand to sell overpriced candles and itchy woolen socks. Toby Lichtig, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022
Noun
One piece, a woolen glove, may have even belonged to a member of clergy, the researchers said. Irene Wright, Miami Herald, 6 May 2024 Instead, practical fashion was dominated by little waste required in its production, epitomized by the rise of the woolen skirt suits for women. Vogue, 19 Apr. 2024 Kate Middleton Suits Up in Recycled Outfit for Textile Factory Visit as Her Power Dressing Spree Continues In her own family history, Princess Kate’s paternal ancestors were owners of a local woolen manufacturer and merchant William Lupton and Co., which was sold to AW Hainsworth in 1958. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 26 Sep. 2023 From the delicate border on Petra’s woolen shawl (costumes are by David Zinn) to the Rosemaling patterns painted on the white set (by the design collective Dots), the production creates a seductive and convincing world in the realm of the senses. Naveen Kumar, Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2024 Aristocratic men and wealthy merchants started donning more body-conscious looks: short, tight doublets, brightly colored woolen tights, and elaborate hoods with dangling tails. Ana María Velasco, Premium, 17 Jan. 2024 Her paternal ancestors were owners of a local woolen manufacturer and merchant William Lupton and Co., which was sold to AW Hainsworth in 1958. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 26 Sep. 2023 In Ludlow — first settled by farmers in 1783, later home to woolen mills powered by the river, and now best known as the home of Okemo Mountain Resort — momentum had been building. Jenna Russell, New York Times, 15 July 2023 Soldiers donning woolen tunics and bearskin hats collapsed as the temperature in London on Saturday was due to hit 86 F. Read more Nicole Fallert is a newsletter writer at USA TODAY, sign up for the email here. USA TODAY, 13 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of woolen was before the 12th century

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“Woolen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woolen. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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woolen

1 of 2 adjective
wool·​en
variants or woollen
1
: made of wool
2
: of or relating to the manufacture or sale of woolen products

woolen

2 of 2 noun
variants or woollen
1
: a fabric made of wool
2
: garments of woolen fabric
usually used in plural

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