from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Thread made from fibers of the flax plant.
- n. Cloth woven from this thread.
- n. Articles or garments made from linen or a similar cloth, such as cotton; bed sheets and tablecloths.
- n. Paper made from flax fibers or having a linenlike luster.
- adj. Made of flax or linen.
- adj. Resembling linen.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Thread or cloth made from flax fiber.
- n. 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.
- n. A light beige colour, like that of linen cloth undyed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Made of linen
- adj. Resembling linen cloth; white; pale.
- n. Thread or cloth made of flax or (rarely) of hemp; -- used in a general sense to include cambric, shirting, sheeting, towels, tablecloths, etc.
- n. Underclothing, esp. the shirt, as being, in former times, chiefly made of linen.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Made of the fibers of flax: as, linen thread; linen cloth.
- Resembling linen cloth; white; pale.
- n. A fabric of linen yarn or thread; cloth woven from the fibers of flax; in the plural, linen cloth in general; manufactures of flax-fiber: as, Irish linens.
- n. Collectively, articles of linen fabric, or by extension (in modern use) of linen and cotton, or of cotton alone for household use, as tablecloths, napkins, etc. (table-linen), sheets and pillow-cases (bed-linen), towels, etc., or for underwear (body-linen), etc.
- n. Linen thread.
- n. Cloth made of hemp.
- n. plural Sails.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a fabric woven with fibers from the flax plant
- n. white goods or clothing made with linen cloth
- n. a high-quality paper made of linen fibers or with a linen finish
Middle English, from Old English līnen, made of flax, from Germanic *līnin-, from *līnam, flax, probably from Latin līnum; see librevema.gifno- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English līnen ("linen", "made of flax"), from Proto-Germanic *līnīnaz (“made of flax”), from Proto-Germanic *līnan (“flax”), from Proto-Indo-European *līn- (“flax”). Cognate with Latin linum ("flax"). More at line. (Wiktionary)