• synonyms


[woo l-uh n]
  1. any cloth of carded wool yarn of which the fibers vary in length: bulkier, looser, and less regular than worsted.
  2. woolens, wool cloth or clothing.
Show More
  1. made or consisting of wool: woolen cloth.
  2. of or relating to wool or woolen fabrics.
Show More
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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for woollen

Historical Examples

  • 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

  1. relating to or consisting partly or wholly of wool
Show More
  1. (often plural) a garment or piece of cloth made wholly or partly of wool, esp a knitted one
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for woollen



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

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper