linen (countable and uncountable, plural linens)
- (uncountable) Thread or cloth made from flax fiber.
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 5, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- Here, in the transept and choir, where the service was being held, one was conscious every moment of an increasing brightness; colours glowing vividly beneath the circular chandeliers, and the rows of small lights on the choristers' desks flashed and sparkled in front of the boys' faces, deep linen collars, and red neckbands.
- (countable) Domestic textiles, such as tablecloths, bedding, towels, under clothes, etc., that are made of linen or linen-like fabrics of cotton or other fibers; linens.
- She put the freshly cleaned linens into the linen closet.
- 1879, Richard Jefferies, The Amateur Poacher, chapter1:
- But then I had the [massive] flintlock by me for protection. ¶ […] The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window at the old mare feeding in the meadow below by the brook, […].
- A light beige colour, like that of linen cloth undyed.
Thread or cloth made from flax fiber
- Arabic: كَتَّان m (kattān)
- Catalan: lli (ca) m
- Mandarin: 亞麻布 (zh), 亚麻布 (zh) (yàmábù), 麻布 (zh) (mábù)
- Czech: plátno (cs) n
- Danish: hør (da) c
- Dutch: linnen (nl) n, doek (nl) n
- Faroese: hørur m, lín n
- Finnish: pellava (fi), liina (fi)
- French: toile (fr) f, lin (fr), linge (fr)
- Georgian: სელი (seli)
- German: Leinen (de) n
- Greek: λινό (el) n (linó)
- Hebrew: פשתן (he) m (pishtán)
- Hungarian: vászon (hu), lenvászon (hu)
- Irish: línéadach m
- Italian: lino (it) m
- Japanese: 亜麻布 (あまぬの, amanuno), リネン (rinen), リンネル (ja) (rinneru), 麻布 (ja) (まふ, mafu)
- Arabic: شَرْشَف (ar) m (šaršaf)
- Mandarin: 亞麻製品, 亚麻制品 (yàmá zhìpǐn)
- Finnish: liinavaate
- French: linge (fr) m
- Japanese: リネン製品 (りねんせいひん, rinennseihin)
- Latvian: veļa f
- Mongolian: орны даавуу (orny daavuu) (bed linen), амны алчуур (amny alčuur) (table linen)
- Greek: λινόχρους (el) (linóchrous)
- Latvian: linkrāsa f
linen (not comparable)
- Made from linen cloth or thread.
- Having the colour linen, light beige.