What does linen mean?

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ˈlɪn ənlinen

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. linen(noun)

    a fabric woven with fibers from the flax plant

  2. linen, linen paper(noun)

    a high-quality paper made of linen fibers or with a linen finish

  3. linen(noun)

    white goods or clothing made with linen cloth


  1. linen(Noun)

    Thread or cloth made from flax fiber.

  2. linen(Noun)

    Domestic textiles, such as tablecloths, bedding, towels, under clothes, etc., that are made of linen or linen-like fabrics of cotton or other fibers; linens.

    She put the freshly cleaned linens into the linen closet.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Linen(noun)

    made of linen; as, linen cloth; a linen stocking

  2. Linen(noun)

    resembling linen cloth; white; pale

  3. Linen(noun)

    thread or cloth made of flax or (rarely) of hemp; -- used in a general sense to include cambric, shirting, sheeting, towels, tablecloths, etc

  4. Linen(noun)

    underclothing, esp. the shirt, as being, in former times, chiefly made of linen

  5. Origin: [Prop. an adj. from OE. lin flax, AS. ln flax, whence lnen made of flax; akin to OS., Icel., & MHG. ln flax and linen, G. lein, leinen, linen, Sw. lin flax, Goth. lein linen, L. linum flax, linen, Gr. li`non. Cf. Line, Linseed.]


  1. Linen

    Linen is a textile made from the fibers of the flax plant, Linum usitatissimum. Linen is labor-intensive to manufacture, but when it is made into garments, it is valued for its exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather. The word "linen" is of West Germanic origin and cognates with the Latin name for the flax plant linum, and the earlier Greek λινόν. This word history has given rise to a number of other terms in English, the most notable of which is the English word line, derived from the use of a linen thread to determine a straight line. Textiles in a linen weave texture, even when made of cotton, hemp and other non-flax fibers are also loosely referred to as "linen". Such fabrics generally have their own specific names other than linen; for example, fine cotton yarn in a linen-style weave is called Madapolam. The collective term "linens" is still often used generically to describe a class of woven and even knitted bed, bath, table and kitchen textiles. The name linens is retained because traditionally, linen was used for many of these items. In the past, the word "linens" was also used to mean lightweight undergarments such as shirts, chemises, waistshirts, lingerie, and detachable shirt collars and cuffs, which were historically made almost exclusively out of linen. The inside cloth layer of fine composite clothing garments was traditionally made of linen, and this is the origin of the word lining.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Linen

    lin′en, n. cloth made of lint or flax: underclothing, particularly that made of linen: articles of linen, or of linen and cotton—table-linen, bed-linen, body-linen.—adj. made of flax: resembling linen cloth.—n. Lin′en-drap′er, a merchant who deals in linens. [Properly an adj. with suffix -en—A.S. lín—L. linum, flax; Gr. linon.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of linen in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of linen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of linen in a Sentence

  1. Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven:

    And in that line now was a whiskered old man, with a linen cap and a crooked nose, who waited in a place called the Stardust Band Shell to share his part of the secret of heaven: that each affects the other and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one.

  2. Perry Brass:

    The Egyptians had a particularly nasty way of getting rid of people they felt had no consequence. Instead of embalming them, they simply constructed a fake mummy made from old strips of linen wrapped around a dummy of mud. If, in our modern world, you feel that there are a lot of “mud mummies” around you, get rid of the mud.

  3. Nick Littlehales:

    They were looking at recovery as a big issue and decided that my approach made a lot of sense to not only them but also the individual riders, we created a sleep kit, which is a replication of the ideal layers -- pillow, duvet, linen -- all put together to allow a small group of staff to go into the hotel and unzip Bradley's bag, he sleeps in it, they zip it back up and take it to the next hotel.

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