Meaning of LINEN in English

LINEN

/ ˈlɪnɪn; NAmE / noun [ U ]

1.

a type of cloth made from flax , used to make high quality clothes, sheets, etc. :

a linen tablecloth

2.

sheets, tablecloths , pillowcases , etc. :

( BrE )

a linen cupboard

( NAmE )

a linen closet

—see also bedlinen

IDIOMS

see wash verb

For more information see the Cultural Guide

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English līnen (as an adjective in the sense made of flax ), of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch linnen , German Leinen , also to obsolete line flax .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.