wool·​en | \ ˈwu̇-lən How to pronounce woolen (audio) \
variants: or woollen

Definition of woolen

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : made of wool
2 : of or relating to the manufacture or sale of woolen products woolen mills


variants: or woollen

Definition of woolen (Entry 2 of 2)

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 Needing to fight, again One day, in his home in Gotene, Sweden, a woolen hat on his head, Luther went on Facebook and plugged in a common Karen woman’s moniker: Naw. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "‘We Were Bulletproof’: As Child Soldiers Grow Up, Legacy of War Lingers," 12 Oct. 2020 For Klein, who drove up the dirt Alaska Highway in a Model-A Ford and later became a mentor to dozens of scientists, the result is another feather in his woolen cap. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Sediment sample from remote island offers insight into Bering Sea ice over the last 5,000 years," 26 Sep. 2020 One was interred with two sizable shells by its head, while another was lovingly draped in a woolen blanket. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Monkeys Found Buried in 2,000-Year-Old Egyptian Pet Cemetery," 27 Aug. 2020 Sheep shearing is the process by which the woolen fleece of a sheep is cut off. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post, "PHOTOS: Sheep shearing at the National Western Stock Show," 22 Jan. 2020 Spa-goers are wearing bathing suits (and sometimes thick woolen hats) so socializing occurs at a time when people are physically vulnerable and exposed to a wide variety of body types. New York Times, "Napping Away Winter in Montreal’s Nordic Spas," 19 Feb. 2020 This is pure norteño comfort food—a warm, woolen shawl wrapped around your shoulders. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "The Bon Appetit test kitchen’s race problem," 27 Jan. 2020 Maria Juana, wrapped in a green woolen cardigan, observed silently from the corner behind a stove as her eight children debated whether to bring Francisco home or keep him in Comalapa. Natalie Keyssar, National Geographic, "The cold cases of Guatemala’s civil war were impossible to identify—until now," 19 Dec. 2019 This new farm-to-table restaurant, a minute from Beaver Meadows park entrance, is named after early park pioneer Isabella Bird and her friend Jim Nugent, with pictures of Bird summiting Long’s Peak in woolen ladies attire. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, "An Insiders’ Guide to the National Parks," 12 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The dam was built to serve a woolen mill that operated at the site starting in the late 19th century. John Laidler, BostonGlobe.com, "Acton to remove River Street Dam and restore brook," 3 Mar. 2020 Jon drove me by the 163-year-old Amana Woolen Mill, Iowa’s oldest and only working woolen mill, the site of a new boutique hotel that is scheduled to open in the fall. Washington Post, "On the tourist trail in Iowa," 16 Jan. 2020 The clothes, in shades of beige, tan and chocolate brown, consisted of slim trousers and leggings, cropped puffer jackets and vests, woolen jackets and teeny-tiny knit bra tops that barely covered the entirety of the models’ breasts. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "At Paris Fashion Week, designers reworked the tuxedo and explored the meaning of color. And, oh yeah, Kanye showed up.," 3 Mar. 2020 Knitted woolen bonnets meanwhile made reference to the queen's love of outdoor pursuits. Georgia Murray, refinery29.com, "Shrimps Hat-Tipped The Queen At London Fashion Week," 18 Feb. 2020 But in a more recent era, the fish have been literally hitting a wall as dams popped up all over the region, powering grist and woolen mills and later factories. Lisa W. Foderaro, New York Times, "It’s Fish vs. Dams, and the Dams Are Winning," 20 Jan. 2020 At one point he was depicted wearing an octagonal cap and a coarse woolen jacket. Amy Qin, BostonGlobe.com, "Wang Guodong, who painted and maintained Mao Zedong’s official portrait, dies at 88," 29 Aug. 2019 At one point he was depicted wearing an octagonal cap and a coarse woolen jacket. Amy Qin, BostonGlobe.com, "Wang Guodong, who painted and maintained Mao Zedong’s official portrait, dies at 88," 29 Aug. 2019 Last week, Dunshee was wearing a thick down men’s jacket and woolen gloves during his sentencing hearing. oregonlive, "Homeless man steals defense attorney’s coat from Portland courtroom, but she didn’t press charges," 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of woolen


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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Woolen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woolen. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of woolen

: made of wool
: relating to the business of making cloth from wool


variants: or woollen \ ˈwu̇-​lən \

Kids Definition of woolen

1 : made of wool a woolen scarf
2 : producing cloth made of wool a woolen mill

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