Definition of flannel in English:


Syllabification: flan·nel
Pronunciation: /ˈflanl


  • 1A kind of soft-woven fabric, typically made of wool or cotton and slightly milled and raised: [as modifier]: my longest, thickest flannel nightgown
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    • ‘You're probably not going to sell much heavy wool or heavy flannel fabric in south Texas,’ he said.
    • Many parents prefer the cotton or flannel fabric because they are less expensive than silk sheets and are easier to clean.
    • Consider earth tones of all kinds, and different kinds of fabrics like cotton flannel, faux leather, warm chenille, and luxurious velvet.
  • 1.1 (flannels) Men’s trousers made of flannel.
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    • So go crazy this fall because flannels, corduroys and tweeds are making a huge comeback.
    • It's tonnes of fun, dancing and drinking cheap beer to frenzied mandolin picking while one of the vets oversees, clad in grey flannels, blazer, beret, and a strip of medals.
    • Worn with a shirt in solid or pastel, or light stripes or checks and a subdued tie, this can go with flat front trousers or flannels.
  • 1.2 short for flannelette.
  • 2British A washcloth.
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    • As members arrived at our March meeting a generous collection of soap, toothbrushes, flannels, sponges, washing powder etc., gradually piled up.
    • You automatically look for the cheapest items - but then feel a tinge of embarrassment because you don't want to be seen as ‘the ones who bought the tea towels’, the flannels, or a single pillow case.
    • Do not share towels or flannels until the infection has cleared.
  • 3British informal Bland fluent talk indulged in to avoid addressing a difficult subject or situation directly: a simple admittance of ignorance was much to be preferred to any amount of flannel


Middle English: probably from Welsh gwlanen 'woolen article', from gwlân 'wool'.

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