- yarn, thread, or cloth made of flax
- [often pl.] things made of linen, or of cotton, etc., as tablecloths, sheets, shirts, etc.
- fine stationery orig. made from linen rags
Origin of linenMiddle English from Old English (akin to German leinen) from lin, flax: see line
- spun from flax: linen thread
- made of linen
- a. Thread made from fibers of the flax plant.b. Cloth woven from this thread.
- also linens Articles or garments, such as sheets, tablecloths, or underwear, formerly made of linen and now usually made of other fabrics, especially cotton.
- Paper made from flax fibers or having a linenlike luster.
- Made of flax or linen.
- Resembling linen.
Origin of linenMiddle English from Old English līnen made of flax from Germanic līnin- from līnam flax probably from Latin līnum ; see l&ibremac;no- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural linens)
- (uncountable) Thread or cloth made from flax fiber.
- (countable) Domestic textiles, such as tablecloths, bedding, towels, under clothes, etc., that are made of linen or linen-like fabrics of cotton or other fibers; linens.
- She put the freshly cleaned linens into the linen closet.
- A light beige colour, like that of linen cloth undyed.