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linen

[ lin-uhn ]
/ ˈlɪn ən /
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noun

fabric woven from flax yarns.
Often linens. bedding, tablecloths, shirts, etc., made of linen cloth or a more common substitute, as cotton.
yarn made of flax fiber.
thread made of flax yarns.

adjective

made of linen: a linen jacket.

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Idioms for linen

    wash one's dirty linen in public, to discuss in public one's private scandals, disagreements, or difficulties.

Origin of linen

before 900; Middle English lin(n)en (noun, adj.), Old English linnen, līnen (adj.) made of flax, equivalent to līn flax (<Latin līnum;see line2) + -en-en2
lin·en·y, adjectivehalf-linen, adjectiveun·der·lin·en, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for linen

linen
/ (ˈlɪnɪn) /

noun

  1. a hard-wearing fabric woven from the spun fibres of flax
  2. (as modifier)a linen tablecloth
yarn or thread spun from flax fibre
clothes, sheets, tablecloths, etc, made from linen cloth or from a substitute such as cotton
Old English linnen, ultimately from Latin līnum flax, line ²
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Idioms and Phrases with linen

linen

see wash one's dirty linen in public.

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