linen

Linen is a type of fabric that's sturdy, cool, and absorbent. If you're going to a summer wedding, you should consider wearing a white linen suit. If you're going on a job interview, it's probably not such a great idea.

Linen is frequently used in summery dresses and shirts, curtains, bags, pillowcases and sheets, towels. and tablecloths. It's heavy and substantial but stays breathable and fresh when you wear it on a hot day. Linens is sometimes used to mean "bedding or towels," or the things you'd keep in a linen closet. Linen comes from the Old English word linin, "made of flax," from lin, "flax fibers or linen thread."

Definitions of linen
  1. noun
    a fabric woven with fibers from the flax plant
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    type of:
    cloth, fabric, material, textile
    artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
  2. noun
    a high-quality paper made of linen fibers or with a linen finish
    synonyms: linen paper
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    type of:
    paper
    a material made of cellulose pulp derived mainly from wood or rags or certain grasses
  3. noun
    white goods or clothing made with linen cloth
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    bath linen
    linens for use in the bathroom
    bed linen
    linen or cotton articles for a bed (as sheets and pillowcases)
    doily, doyley, doyly
    a small round piece of linen placed under a dish or bowl
    napery, table linen
    linens for the dining table
    bath mat
    a heavy towel or mat to stand on while drying yourself after a bath
    bath towel
    a large towel; to dry yourself after a bath
    case, pillow slip, pillowcase, slip
    bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow
    damask
    a table linen made from linen with a damask pattern
    napkin, serviette, table napkin
    a small piece of table linen that is used to wipe the mouth and to cover the lap in order to protect clothing
    pillow sham
    bed linen consisting of a decorative cover for a pillow
    place mat
    a mat serving as table linen for an individual place setting
    bed sheet, sheet
    bed linen consisting of a large rectangular piece of cotton or linen cloth; used in pairs
    tablecloth
    a covering spread over a dining table
    tray cloth
    table linen consisting of a small cloth for a tray
    face cloth, flannel, washcloth, washrag
    bath linen consisting of a piece of cloth used to wash the face and body
    type of:
    household linen, white goods
    drygoods for household use that are typically made of white cloth
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