Definition of linen in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɪnɪn/


[mass noun]
1Cloth woven from flax: [as modifier]: a linen suit [count noun]: he dealt in Irish linens
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  • This is an exhibition of Batik work on a variety of materials including cottons, silks, linens, paper and canvas.
  • For best results, match the basket hue to coordinate with linens or fabrics.
  • Suggestions about storing vintage linens and fabrics can also be found in this book.
1.1Articles such as sheets or clothes made, or originally made, of linen: [as modifier]: the linen cupboard
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  • Items such as clothes, bed linen and shoes will be very gratefully accepted.
  • He then stripped the bed of its linen and fetched new sheets and pillow cases from the closet.
  • The game consisted of two large pieces of plywood, covered with while linen sheets.


Old English līnen (as an adjective in the sense 'made of flax'), of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch linnen, German Leinen, also to obsolete line 'flax'.

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