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lin·en

 (lĭn′ən)
n.
1.
a. Thread made from fibers of the flax plant.
b. Cloth woven from this thread.
2. also linens Articles or garments, such as sheets, tablecloths, or underwear, formerly made of linen and now usually made of other fabrics, especially cotton.
3. Paper made from flax fibers or having a linenlike luster.
adj.
1. Made of flax or linen.
2. Resembling linen.

[Middle English, from Old English līnen, made of flax, from Germanic *līnin-, from *līnam, flax, probably from Latin līnum; see lī̆no- in Indo-European roots.]

linen

(ˈlɪnɪn)
n
1. (Textiles)
a. a hard-wearing fabric woven from the spun fibres of flax
b. (as modifier): a linen tablecloth.
2. (Textiles) yarn or thread spun from flax fibre
3. (Textiles) clothes, sheets, tablecloths, etc, made from linen cloth or from a substitute such as cotton
4. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) See linen paper
[Old English linnen, ultimately from Latin līnum flax, line2]

lin•en

(ˈlɪn ən)

n.
1. fabric woven from flax yarns.
2. Often, linens. bedding, tablecloths, etc., made of linen cloth or a more common substitute, as cotton.
3. yarn or thread made from flax.
adj.
4. made of linen: a linen jacket.
Idioms:
wash or air one's dirty linen in public, to reveal one's secrets or shame to outsiders.
[before 900; Middle English lin(n)en (n., adj.), Old English linnen, līnen (adj.) made of flax =līn flax]

linen

  • sash - From Arabic shash, first a roll of silk, linen, or gauze worn about the head, a turban.
  • lingerie - Entered English meaning "linen articles collectively," from French linge, "linen."
  • linsey-woolsey - First a cloth woven from linen and wool, the phrase was altered for the sake of a jingling sound.
  • taffeta - Goes back to Persian taftah, "silken cloth, linen clothing."
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.linen - a fabric woven with fibers from the flax plantlinen - a fabric woven with fibers from the flax plant
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
flax - fiber of the flax plant that is made into thread and woven into linen fabric
2.linen - a high-quality paper made of linen fibers or with a linen finish
paper - a material made of cellulose pulp derived mainly from wood or rags or certain grasses
3.linen - white goods or clothing made with linen cloth
bath linen - linens for use in the bathroom
bed linen - linen or cotton articles for a bed (as sheets and pillowcases)
doily, doyley, doyly - a small round piece of linen placed under a dish or bowl
napery, table linen - linens for the dining table
household linen, white goods - drygoods for household use that are typically made of white cloth
Translations
شَراشِف كُتّانقِماش كَتّانكَتّاْنُ
lenlněnýplátnoprádlo
linned=-linnedhørhør-
pellava
lan
lín, hör, léreftlín, tau; rúmfatnaîur
리넨
lininis audinysužtiesalai
audekla-audeklslinaudeklslinu-veļa
ľanľanový
lan
linne
ผ้าลินิน
ketenketen beziketenden yapılmış
vải lanh

linen

[ˈlɪnɪn]
A. N
1. (= cloth) → lino m
2. (= household linen) → ropa f blanca; (= bed linen) → ropa f de cama; (= table linen) → mantelería f
clean linenropa f limpia
dirty linenropa f sucia or para lavar
to wash one's dirty linen in public (Brit) → sacar a relucir los trapos sucios
B. CPDde lino
linen basket Ncanasta f or cesto m de la ropa
linen closet, linen cupboard Narmario m para la ropa blanca

linen

[ˈlɪnɪn]
n
(= tablecloths, sheets, pillowcases) → linge m de maison
bed linen → linge de lit
(= cloth) → lin m
modif [jacket, suit, tablecloth] → en lin
a linen jacket → une veste en linlinen basket npanier m à lingelinen closet linen cupboard narmoire f à lingeline of attack n (= approach) → plan m d'actionline of communication nligne f de communicationline of fire nligne f de tirline of sight n
(= view) → champ m de vision
[gunman] → ligne f de mireline of vision nchamp m de visionline-out [ˈlaɪnaʊt] n (RUGBY)touche f

linen

nLeinen nt; (= table linen)Tischwäsche f; (= sheets, garments etc)Wäsche f
adjLeinen-; linen blouseLeinenbluse f

linen

[ˈlɪnɪn]
1. n (cloth) → (tela di) lino; (sheets, tablecloth) → biancheria
to wash one's dirty linen in public (fig) → lavare i panni sporchi in pubblico
2. adj (garment) → di lino; (basket, cupboard) → della biancheria

linen

(ˈlinin) noun
1. (also adjective) (of) cloth made of flax used to make sheets, tablecloths, tea-towels etc. This handkerchief is made of linen; linen sheets.
2. articles made of linen or, now more usually, cotton. table-linen; bed-linen.

linen

كَتّاْنُ plátno linned Leinen λινό lino pellava lin lan lino 리넨 linnen lin płótno linho льняная ткань linne ผ้าลินิน keten vải lanh 亚麻布

linen

n. lienzo, lino;
bed ___ropa de cama.
References in classic literature ?
Jo in maroon, with a stiff, gentlemanly linen collar, and a white chrysanthemum or two for her only ornament.
In the office he wore also a linen duster with huge pockets into which he continually stuffed scraps of paper.
Morning and evening he drove about in his spring wagon, distributing freshly ironed clothes, and collecting bags of linen that cried out for his suds and sunny drying-lines.
She wore a cool muslin that morning--white, with a waving vertical line of brown running through it; also a white linen collar and the big straw hat which she had taken from the peg outside the door.
He's going to make a break for it," he added, as the stranger, throwing his linen coat over his head, suddenly started into an Indian trot through the pelting sunbeams toward them.
He was chiefly marked as a gentleman--if such, indeed, he made any claim to be--by the rather remarkable whiteness and nicety of his clean linen.
It was fair to presume that being a harpooneer, his linen or woollen, as the case might be, would not be of the tidiest, certainly none of the finest.
As devout Eckerman lifted the linen sheet from the naked corpse of Goethe, he was overwhelmed with the massive chest of the man, that seemed as a Roman triumphal arch.
As to his being without an overcoat, among them you would meet men you could swear had on nothing but a ragged linen duster and a pair of cotton trousers--so cleverly had they concealed the several suits of all-wool underwear beneath.
Miss Ophelia, as you now behold her, stands before you, in a very shining brown linen travelling-dress, tall, square-formed, and angular.
The landlord, in plain clothes, and bareheaded, placed himself on the bottom marble step, abreast the PORTIER, who stood on the other end of the same steps; six or eight waiters, gloved, bareheaded, and wearing their whitest linen, their whitest cravats, and their finest swallow-tails, grouped themselves about these chiefs, but leaving the carpetway clear.
His hands was long and thin, and every day of his life he put on a clean shirt and a full suit from head to foot made out of linen so white it hurt your eyes to look at it; and on Sundays he wore a blue tail-coat with brass buttons on it.