American English

Definition of linen noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a type of cloth made from flax, used to make high quality clothes, sheets, etc. a linen tablecloth
  2. 2sheets, tablecloths, pillowcases, etc. a linen closet see also bed linen
  3. Idioms
    air your dirty laundry/linen in public (disapproving)
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    to discuss your personal affairs in public, especially something embarrassing
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: linen