Definition of linen in English:

linen

noun

  • 1[mass noun] Cloth woven from flax.

    [as modifier] ‘a linen suit’
    [count noun] ‘he dealt in Irish linens’
    • ‘Pip quickly led the way over to the brightly colored silks and linens, then had Sonia pick out the fabric for her clothes.’
    • ‘The morning breeze wafted in through the open windows, letting the white linens gently dance around the bed.’
    • ‘The six council members were dressed mostly in Curien linens and silks trimmed in gold lace.’
    • ‘This is an exhibition of Batik work on a variety of materials including cottons, silks, linens, paper and canvas.’
    • ‘No sooner had he disappeared than her mother clomped down the steps, with a small stack of floral cotton bed linens.’
    • ‘He plans to hide it in a box of linens, and, if he is caught, saying that he is taking linens to his grandparents in their apartment.’
    • ‘Woman folded their worn out linens and few spare clothes, packing them into cloth sacks to be carried.’
    • ‘Suggestions about storing vintage linens and fabrics can also be found in this book.’
    • ‘Now there are 132 stores across the country, selling linens and textiles.’
    • ‘Most baby retailers carry lines of bed linens in this style, as well.’
    • ‘Younger children may be asked to strip wet linens from the bed, whereas older children may be expected to do the laundry.’
    • ‘With a start, she realized that she was in the captain's bed amongst fine linens and a luxurious feather mattress.’
    • ‘The linens are accented with a square jacquard weave around the edges for a very distinctive, classic look.’
    • ‘Avoid scolding the kitten - even if it's climbing the drapes and soiling itself on your best linens.’
    • ‘A small antique ash chest holds my old embroidered linens - a definite collecting weakness.’
    • ‘Bathed, anointed and dressed in her finest silks and linens, Miri descended from her sedan at the steps of the reception hall.’
    • ‘Tanzer's mantle is made of a collection of vintage linens used by her mother and her husband's grandmothers.’
    • ‘Wash towels, linens and pillowcases separately from other loads.’
    • ‘The linens for drying ones self off were of a strange material, soft yet very absorbent, and very gentle to the flesh.’
    • ‘For best results, match the basket hue to coordinate with linens or fabrics.’
    1. 1.1Articles such as sheets or clothes made, or originally made, of linen.
      [as modifier] ‘the linen cupboard’
      • ‘The cable led to a fuse box in the linen cupboard where the fire is known to have started.’
      • ‘She had put on her linen swimming costume under her clothes in case she had to swim to the island.’
      • ‘Due to a severe shortage of bed linen, we sewed them together and made sheets.’
      • ‘He said he believed the fire was discovered in a linen cupboard by children and two male guests put it out with fire extinguishers.’
      • ‘As the air cleared they saw that apart from a small linen cupboard there was little actual damage to the building.’
      • ‘I grabbed a towel from the linen closet and walked outside to the back, where the pool was.’
      • ‘Cindy was obediently taking her place retrieving the towels from the linen closet.’
      • ‘Then he took the perfumed linen sheet, wrapped it round him as a mantle, and turned away, to the wanness of the chill dawn.’
      • ‘Items such as clothes, bed linen and shoes will be very gratefully accepted.’
      • ‘The grain is secure in its barns, the linen folded away in its cupboards.’
      • ‘In the summer one sits outside under the shade of enormous trees, at tables covered in beautiful linen.’
      • ‘Our wardens come in then, and usher us back to our rooms; to the frozen linen sheets and hard thin mattresses that were our beds.’
      • ‘He chapped hands ached and she pined for a nice bath with cool soaps and nice linen sheets.’
      • ‘The general practice is to place a linen napkin on the bar counter with some of the most used utensils on it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She headed toward the linen closet pulled out a pillow and a blanket and went back to her room.’
      • ‘He was lying back on those white linen sheets with his eyes closed and his face pale and weak.’
      • ‘The Bible tells that Christ's body was taken down from the cross, wrapped in a linen shroud and placed in his tomb.’
      • ‘I can almost smell the scent of his bed sheets, fresh linen so soft against my skin.’

Origin

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’.

Pronunciation:

linen

/ˈlɪnɪn/