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[woo l-uh n] /ˈwʊl ən/
any cloth of carded wool yarn of which the fibers vary in length: bulkier, looser, and less regular than worsted.
woolens, wool cloth or clothing.
made or consisting of wool:
woolen cloth.
of or relating to wool or woolen fabrics.
Also, especially British, woollen.
Origin of woolen
before 1050; Middle English wollen (adj. and noun), Old English wullen, wyllen (noun). See wool, -en2
Related forms
half-woolen, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A woolen sweater is liable to stretch out of shape after being washed.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • The woolen industry had profited least of all those which had been protected by the Tariff of 1824.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson
  • But the woolen industry suffered the most grievous disappointment.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson
  • We were so chilled that woolen was as cold to the touch as wood or iron.

    The Cold Snap Edward Bellamy
  • Prices of woolen fabrics were advancing, and bid fair to rule high.

    Old Mackinaw W. P. Strickland.
  • His sister's pew in the chapel he lined neatly with woolen cloth of his own making.

    Captains of Industry James Parton
  • And in company with this, is the woolen semblance of her plump husband.

    Journeys to Bagdad

    Charles S. Brooks
  • She sat down before the cooking stove and drew off her woolen mittens.

    Christmas Zona Gale
Word Origin and History for woolen

chiefly British English woollen, Old English wullen, from wool + -en (2). Related: Woolens; woollens.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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