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 But the couple, Maria and Ingvar (played by Noomi Rapace, in a series of excellent woolen sweaters, and Hilmir Snaer Gudnason), accept their new addition with curious equanimity, and then a kind of touching love. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, 8 Oct. 2021 Some players donned woolen winter caps in the elements and others were in short sleeves. Bill Pennington, New York Times, 25 Sep. 2021 The dam was erected in the late 19th century to serve a woolen mill. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Sep. 2021 Subsets include cheese, creameries, county fairs, dairy centers, farm museums, farms and farm stands, farm stays, farmers markets, folk schools, food trails, pick-your-own sites, tree farms, woolen mills and wine/cider/beer tastings. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Aug. 2021 The church with yellow walls and a tin roof filled up with neighbors dressed in hats and woolen ponchos like those worn by Mr. Castillo. Franklin Briceño, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 July 2021 Splinter, Machete, Bertha, Fang and the baby, Mower — were modeled on their Parisian counterparts, with rattan skeletons and woolen coats made from wigs, whose white curls fluttered in the breeze. New York Times, 2 June 2021 And Cleary writing about ordinary families and Ellen Tebbits’ embarrassing woolen underwear might seem too old-fashioned for today’s readers. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, 2 Apr. 2021 The site hosted industrial businesses dating back to at least 1835, when a woolen mill displaced earlier gristmills, sawmills and a tannery. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 4 May 2021 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, 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, 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, 3 Mar. 2020 Knitted woolen bonnets meanwhile made reference to the queen's love of outdoor pursuits. Georgia Murray, refinery29.com, 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, 20 Jan. 2020 At one point he was depicted wearing an octagonal cap and a coarse woolen jacket. Amy Qin, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Aug. 2019 At one point he was depicted wearing an octagonal cap and a coarse woolen jacket. Amy Qin, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Aug. 2019 Last week, Dunshee was wearing a thick down men’s jacket and woolen gloves during his sentencing hearing. oregonlive, 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 22 Oct. 2021.

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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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