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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 ?
There was but one room below the attic which Maggie had left unsearched; it was the storeroom, where her mother kept all her linen and all the precious "best things" that were only unwrapped and brought out on special occasions.
to prepare flax for weaving as linen it is softened(technically, "retted") by soaking in water, separated from its woody fibers by beating ("scutched"--this seems to be what Cooper means by "crackling"), and finally combed ("hatcheled")}
I lived to watch on a strange shore a black and youthful Nausicaa, with a joyous train of attendant maidens, carrying baskets of linen to a clear stream overhung by the heads of slender palm-trees.
A week before the French had had boot leather and linen issued to them, which they had given out to the prisoners to make up into boots and shirts for them.
Karnegie's report, after examining the linen which the so-called "Mrs.
AN Ambitious Writer, distinguished for the condition of his linen, was travelling the high road to fame, when he met a Tramp.
This," says he, "is to my bankers, the British Linen Company, placing a credit to your name.
Coming back from the doctor to whom Kitty had sent him, Levin, on opening the door, came upon the sick man at the instant when, by Kitty's directions, they were changing his linen.
She went to a linen-draper's shop, took some coarse linen off the counter, and slipped it under her cloak; the shopman saw her, and she laid it down: for this she was hanged.
The shepherd himself, though he had good reason to believe that the bag held nothing but flaxen thread, or else the long rolls of strong linen spun from that thread, was not quite sure that this trade of weaving, indispensable though it was, could be carried on entirely without the help of the Evil One.
Moreover, you have five sons at home, two of them married, while the other three are good looking bachelors; you know they always like to have clean linen when they go to a dance, and I have been thinking about all this.
I had a little plate, but not much, and was well enough stocked with clothes and linen.