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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
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  • He was naked save for a linen under shirt and pair of woollen drawers.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • These are adapted to each other, and the orderly composition of them forms a woollen garment.

    Statesman Plato
  • No wool or woollen product might be carried from one province to another.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
  • He had a thick, woollen muffler round his throat and the MS. was in his hand.

    Some Reminiscences Joseph Conrad
  • My cousin Lysken dealeth with men and women, I with linen and woollen.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • She had to deal with human hearts, while Clare dealt only with woollen and linen.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • Ed Rankin stepped inside and got his leather jacket and woollen muffler.

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
  • Particulars of the woollen fabrics of the county of Cork received from a manufacturer.

    A Tour in Ireland Arthur Young
  • They are not allowed to take out any woollen goods but for their own use.

    A Tour in Ireland Arthur Young
  • Export of woollen yarn from Cork, £300,000 a year in the Irish market.

    A Tour in Ireland Arthur Young
British Dictionary definitions for woollen


relating to or consisting partly or wholly of wool
(often pl) a garment or piece of cloth made wholly or partly of wool, esp a knitted one
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for woollen



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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