What does linen mean?

Definitions for linen
ˈlɪn ənlinen

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. linennoun

    a fabric woven with fibers from the flax plant

  2. linen, linen papernoun

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

  3. linennoun

    white goods or clothing made with linen cloth


  1. linennoun

    Thread or cloth made from flax fiber.

  2. linennoun

    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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Linenadjective

    Etymology: lineus, Latin.

    A linen stock on one leg, and a kersey boot hose on the other, gartered with a red and blue list. William Shakespeare.

    Death of thy soul! those linen cheeks of thine
    Are counsellors to fear. What soldiers, whey-face? William Shakespeare.

  2. Linennoun

    Cloth made of hemp or flax.

    Etymology: linum, Latin.

    Here is a basket, he may creep in; throw foul linen upon him, as if going to bucking. William Shakespeare, M. Wives of Windsor.

    Unseen, unfelt, the fiery serpent skims
    Between her linen and her naked limbs. John Dryden, Æn.


  1. Linen

    Linen () is a textile made from the fibers of the flax plant. Linen is very strong, absorbent, and dries faster than cotton. Because of these properties, linen is comfortable to wear in hot weather and is valued for use in garments. It also has other distinctive characteristics, notably its tendency to wrinkle.Linen textiles appear to be some of the oldest in the world; their history goes back many thousands of years. Dyed flax fibers found in a cave in Southeastern Europe (present-day Georgia) suggest the use of woven linen fabrics from wild flax may date back over 30,000 years. Linen was used in ancient civilizations including Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt, and linen is mentioned in the Bible. In the 18th century and beyond, the linen industry was important in the economies of several countries in Europe as well as the American colonies. Textiles in a linen weave texture, even when made of cotton, hemp, or other non-flax fibers, are also loosely referred to as "linen".


  1. linen

    Linen is a type of textile made from the fibers of the flax plant. It is highly valued for its strength, absorbency, softness, and ability to dry faster than cotton. Linen is often used for clothing, bed sheets, tablecloths, napkins, towels, and other household items. It's also utilized in various crafts, and its natural light color lends well to dyeing in various shades.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Linennoun

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

  2. Linennoun

    resembling linen cloth; white; pale

  3. Linennoun

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

  4. Linennoun

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

  5. Etymology: [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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. linen

    A type of fabric.

    Linen is beautiful to wear all year round.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. LINEN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Linen is ranked #26391 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Linen surname appeared 925 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Linen.

    74.1% or 686 total occurrences were Black.
    17% or 158 total occurrences were White.
    4.6% or 43 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    3.6% or 34 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Lenin

  2. linne

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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. Ayla Antoniazzi:

    Before bringing my kids back home, I washed all the linen and a bunch of clothes, cleaned surfaces and aired the house out, but the next day when they woke up, they were n’t themselves. My oldest had a rash on her face. The youngest did too but not as bad. The 2-year-old was holding her eye and complaining that her eye was hurting. She was very lethargic, so I took them back to my parents ’ home.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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