[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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Examples from the Web for woollen

Historical Examples of woollen

  • 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.

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

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for woollen


US woolen


relating to or consisting partly or wholly of wool


(often plural) a garment or piece of cloth made wholly or partly of wool, esp a knitted one
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Word Origin and History for woollen



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

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