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Definition of "linen" []

  • Thread made from fibers of the flax plant. (noun)
  • Cloth woven from this thread. (noun)
  • Articles or garments made from linen or a similar cloth, such as cotton; bed sheets and tablecloths. (noun)
  • Paper made from flax fibers or having a linenlike luster. (noun)
  • Made of flax or linen. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "linen" in a sentence
  • "After long and exhaustive trials, we have come to the conclusion that the best material for wearing next the skin is knitted linen, and the best knitted linen of the kind, and in fact, the only pure linen mesh material which we have seen, is known as _Kneipp linen_, and can be obtained from all leading retailers and outfitters in this and other countries."
  • "a cotton and linen cloth, and _diaper linen_ was woven of flax with a raised figure such as in damask, and used chiefly for table-linen."
  • "His taste in linen is classical; she was not fortunate."