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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 In many countries a national ski team’s woolen sweater design would not be a major issue, but Norwegians take their knitting seriously. Richard Martyn-hemphill, New York Times, "Norway Ski Team’s Sweater Gets Tangled in a Neo-Nazi Uproar," 30 Jan. 2018 The best clothes are the ones Woodcock and Alma wear in the country, around the time of their first meeting, belted woolen coats and soft-shouldered jackets in windowpane checks. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Phantom Thread Works Hard at Being a Masterpiece. But Is It?," 21 Dec. 2017 The women bow and pray intently, and one young worshiper, in a thick puffy jacket and a woolen cap, seems especially focused upon her task. Gary Shteyngart, Smithsonian, "A Visit to Seoul Brings Our Writer Face-to-Face With the Future of Robots," 29 June 2017 The police said the gunman was about 30 years old and was wearing dark clothes, including a dark woolen cap. Sewell Chan, New York Times, "Gunman Wounds 3 at Muslim Prayer Center in Zurich," 19 Dec. 2016 The women bow and pray intently, and one young worshiper, in a thick puffy jacket and a woolen cap, seems especially focused upon her task. Gary Shteyngart, Smithsonian, "A Visit to Seoul Brings Our Writer Face-to-Face With the Future of Robots," 23 May 2017 Witnesses to the attack reported that the gunman, dressed in dark clothes and a woolen cap, had escaped on foot. Nick Cumming-bruce And Jack Ewing, New York Times, "Gunman Who Shot 3 at Zurich Islamic Center Is Found Dead, Police Say," 20 Dec. 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There is nothing fancy, expensive, or luxurious about a pair of ugly woolen hygge socks—and that is a vital feature of hygge. Anne Roderique-jones, SELF, "I Practiced Hygge and It's Kind of the Best Thing Ever," 25 Dec. 2018 The Loewe x Charles Rennie Mackintosh capsule collection spans everything from suiting to handbags to woolen blankets featuring the Scottish artist’s floral designs. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Loewe’s Jonathan Anderson Is Obsessed With Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and Soon You Will Be Too," 12 Nov. 2018 Ever since that oversized blanket went viral, similarly warm woolen wear has popped up on Pinterest and Etsy, including scarves, Christmas decor, and more. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "This Chunky Knit Pumpkin Hat Will Be the Coziest Thing You Wear All Fall," 1 Oct. 2018 Shaidayi walks down Kharabat wrapped in a woolen shawl. Maija Liuhto, Longreads, "A Music So Beautiful the Birds Fell from the Trees," 28 June 2018 During their closing sale, items are 40 percent off — woolens, baptismal gowns and other children's clothing, Irish name histories and coats of arms. Joyce Smith, kansascity, "After more than 30 years and three locations, KC retailer is shutting its doors," 12 June 2018 The guides dress in colorful woolen clothes and wide-brimmed, traditional hats to lead the horses. Fox News, "Tourists flocking to Peru's newfound 'Rainbow Mountain'," 2 May 2018 In their chat with host Rebecca Milzoff, the four discuss everything from how the cast has adapted with the addition of new members to the unique challenges of dancing in very-warm woolen suits. Rebecca Milzoff, Billboard, "Billboard on Broadway Podcast: The Star Power of 'Hello, Dolly!'," 5 Apr. 2018 In the middle of the mural is a portrait of his son, Joaquin Oliver, one of the 17 victims of the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., last month, wearing a black woolen hat and a slight smile. Nick Madigan, New York Times, "Art Show Inspired by Parkland Shooting Victims Is Extended," 13 Mar. 2018

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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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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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