woolen

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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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
So, on a recent morning, two dozen partisans, men and women from their early 20s to mid-70s, wrapped in heavy coats and woolen hats, stood in their yard. Jeffrey Gettleman, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Dec. 2022 So, on a recent morning, two dozen partisans, men and women from their early 20s to mid 70s, wrapped in heavy coats and woolen hats, stood in their yard. Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times, 25 Dec. 2022 The box was made with a lathe and was packed with earth and stone, below which was a purple woolen cloth covering the coins. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 13 Dec. 2022 On a winter afternoon last March, Daryl Bem stepped out of the psychology department building at Cornell University, dressed in a red parka and a woolen hat to fend off the icy wind. Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, Discover Magazine, 13 May 2012 Other designers agreed and for years proposed fall collections that showed heavy woolen coats, turtlenecks and other cold-weather staples worn without hosiery. WSJ, 23 Nov. 2022 Vendors sell woolen items, glassware, food and candy, while a cafe offers Icelandic hot dogs and other traditional treats. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2022 Usually dressed in black and wearing the papakha woolen hat of Russian Cossacks, Mr. Stryzhko used to hang the red Soviet flag outside his home even before the war. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, 1 Nov. 2022 Thursday dawned 37 degrees and with spitballs of snow dropping from a low, woolen sky. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 24 Oct. 2022
Noun
Peer into their forbidding black hoods and gaily stitched pieces of hot-pink woolen felt inside invite unexpected visual caresses. Christopher Knightart Critic, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2022 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 See More

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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

Dictionary Entries Near woolen

Cite this Entry

“Woolen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woolen. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

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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