Linen Definition

lĭnən
linens
noun
linens
Yarn, thread, or cloth made of flax.
Webster's New World
Cloth woven from this thread.
American Heritage
Things made of linen, or of cotton, etc., as tablecloths, sheets, shirts, etc.
Webster's New World
Fine stationery orig. made from linen rags.
Webster's New World
Paper made from flax fibers or having a linenlike luster.
American Heritage
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adjective
Spun from flax.
Linen thread.
Webster's New World
Made of linen.
Webster's New World
Resembling linen.
American Heritage

Other Word Forms of Linen

Noun

Singular:
linen
Plural:
linens

Origin of Linen

  • 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

  • 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

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