woolen

adjective
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

woolen

noun
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 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 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 In the lazy positioning of a woolen shawl draped over the back of a chair, there’s something moping: oh, how the shawl longs for someone’s shoulders! Vladimir Nabokov, The New Yorker, "Man and Things," 8 Nov. 2019 The Cedar Creek Settlement is a renovated woolen mill with several specialty shops inside, including the Cedar Creek Trading Post, where kids will love looking at candy and toys. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hunt for rocks and fossils at these 2 Wisconsin destinations," 18 Oct. 2019 The tariffs would affect £35 million ($45 million) of exports, spanning woolen jumpers, suits, pajamas, swimwear and linen, Mansell said. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "British luxury brands fight to keep US customers as tariffs hit," 18 Oct. 2019 Although the tariffs include a wide-range of food and clothes — such as British woolen suits and German coffee — the move is actually a retaliation for a 15-year dispute between the U.S. and the European Union over aircraft subsidies. Alexander Smith, NBC News, "U.S. hits Europe with tariffs in retaliation over Airbus, Boeing case," 3 Oct. 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 At one point he was depicted wearing an octagonal cap and a coarse woolen jacket. New York Times, "Wang Guodong, Who Painted Mao Year After Year, Dies at 88," 28 Aug. 2019 Their textiles and woolens were highly sought-after goods. Diana Budds, Curbed, "This small Indiana town is a hotbed of utopianism," 5 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of woolen

Adjective

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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Woolen.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woollen. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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woolen

adjective
How to pronounce woolen (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of woolen

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

woolen

adjective
wool·​en
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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