Meaning of LINEN in English


n. & adj.

n. 1 a cloth woven from flax. b a particular kind of this. 2 (collect.) articles made or orig. made of linen, calico, etc., as sheets, cloths, shirts, undergarments, etc.

adj. made of linen or flax (linen cloth). linen basket a basket for soiled clothes. wash one's dirty linen in public be indiscreet about one's domestic quarrels etc.

[ OE linen f. WG, rel. to obs. line flax ]

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