Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • After long and exhaustive trials, we have come to the conclusion that the best material for wearing next the skin is knitted linen, and the best knitted linen of the kind, and in fact, the only pure linen mesh material which we have seen, is known as _Kneipp linen_, and can be obtained from all leading retailers and outfitters in this and other countries.

    Papers on Health

  • a cotton and linen cloth, and _diaper linen_ was woven of flax with a raised figure such as in damask, and used chiefly for table-linen.

    Domestic Life in Virginia in the Seventeenth Century

  • His taste in linen is classical; she was not fortunate.

    Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: Part IV

  • Note: All references to "linen" is not our linen derived from flax, but a similar appearing and feeling fabric extracted from a particular kelp on Skene.

    Archive 2004-12-12

  • And on Saturdays, young men in linen trousers lined up to drink papa's bourbon, and get close to Blanche; flowers in her hair, eyes unfocused, why yes I'd like another drink you silly goose.

    Belle Reve

  • The value of the linen is determined by the coat, by saying that we can exchange the coat for it and will be exchanging equal values.

    A Bland and Deadly Courtesy

  • Whether 20 yards of linen = 1 coat or = 20 coats or = x coats – that is, whether a given quantity of linen is worth few or many coats, every statement implies that the linen and coats, as magnitudes of value, are expressions of the same unit, things of the same kind.

    A Bland and Deadly Courtesy

  • The value of the linen is represented as relative value, or appears in relative form.

    skzbrust: Capital Volume 1 Part 1 Chapter 1 Section 3A

  • The value of the commodity linen is expressed by the bodily form of the commodity coat, and the value of one by the use-value of the other.

    skzbrust: Capital Volume 1 Part 1 Chapter 1 Section 3A2.

  • As a use-value, the linen is something palpably different from the coat; as value, it is the same as the coat, and now has the appearance of a coat.

    skzbrust: Capital Volume 1 Part 1 Chapter 1 Section 3A2.

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