- yarn, thread, or cloth made of flax
- 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.
From Middle English linen, from Old English lÄ«nen (â€œlinen", "made of flaxâ€), from Proto-Germanic *lÄ«nÄ«naz (â€œmade of flaxâ€), from Proto-Germanic *lÄ«nÄ… (â€œflaxâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *lÄ«n- (â€œflaxâ€), equivalent to line +â€Ž -en. Cognate with Latin linum (â€œflaxâ€). More at line.