[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.

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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Related Words for woolen

thermals, woolens

Examples from the Web for woolen

Contemporary Examples of woolen

Historical Examples of woolen

  • A woolen sweater is liable to stretch out of shape after being washed.

    Common Science

    Carleton W. Washburne

  • But the woolen industry suffered the most grievous disappointment.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson

  • The woolen industry had profited least of all those which had been protected by the Tariff of 1824.

    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.

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