Definition of linen in English:

linen

noun

mass noun
  • 1Cloth woven from flax.

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    1. 1.1 Articles such as sheets or clothes made, or originally made, of linen.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