[woo l-uh n]


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.

Nearby words

  1. wool sponge,
  2. wool stapler,
  3. wool store,
  4. wool table,
  5. wool-sorter's disease,
  6. wooler,
  7. woolf,
  8. woolf, virginia,
  9. woolfell,
  10. woolgather

Also especially British, wool·len.

Origin of woolen

before 1050; Middle English wollen (adj. and noun), Old English wullen, wyllen (noun). See wool, -en2

Related formshalf-wool·en, adjective

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Word Origin and History for woolen



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

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