Definition of linen in US English:

linen

noun

  • 1Cloth woven from flax.

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    1. 1.1 Garments or other household articles such as sheets made, or originally made, of linen.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