Linen meaning

lĭnən
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Articles or garments, such as sheets, tablecloths, or underwear, formerly made of linen and now usually made of other fabrics, especially cotton.
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Yarn, thread, or cloth made of flax.
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Paper made from flax fibers or having a linenlike luster.
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Made of flax or linen.
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Resembling linen.
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Things made of linen, or of cotton, etc., as tablecloths, sheets, shirts, etc.
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Fine stationery orig. made from linen rags.
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Spun from flax.

Linen thread.

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Made of linen.
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(uncountable) Thread or cloth made from flax fiber.
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(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.

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A light beige colour, like that of linen cloth undyed.

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Origin of linen

  • Middle English from Old English līnen made of flax from Germanic līnin- from līnam flax probably from Latin līnum lī̆no- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English linen, from Old English lÄ«nen (“linen", "made of flax"), from Proto-Germanic *lÄ«nÄ«naz (“made of flax"), from Proto-Germanic *lÄ«nÄ… (“flax"), from Proto-Indo-European *lÄ«n- (“flax"), equivalent to line +"Ž -en. Cognate with Latin linum (“flax"). More at line.

    From Wiktionary