flannel definition by Webster's New World
- a soft, lightweight, loosely woven woolen cloth with a slightly napped surface
- cotton flannel
- trousers, etc. made of light flannel
- heavy woolen underwear
Origin: Middle English akin to or ; from flanen ; from Welsh gwlanen ; from gwlan, wool ; from Indo-European base an unverified form wel-, hair, wool
- flannelly adjective
flannel definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A soft woven cloth of wool or a blend of wool and cotton or synthetics.
- flannelsa. Outer clothing, especially trousers, made of this cloth.b. Underclothing made of this cloth.
Origin: Middle English, a kind of woolen cloth or garment, perhaps variant of flanyn, sackcloth, probably from Old French flaine, a kind of coarse wool.