Definition of flannel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈflænl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈflænl//
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  1. 1 [uncountable] a type of soft light cloth, containing cotton or wool, used for making clothes a flannel shirt a grey flannel suit
  2. 2(also facecloth) (both British English) (North American English washcloth) [countable] a small piece of cloth used for washing yourself a face flannel Use a damp flannel to clean the skin.
  3. 3flannels [plural] trousers/pants made of flannel cricket flannels
  4. 4[uncountable] (British English, informal) words that do not have much meaning and that avoid telling somebody what they want to know OK, cut the flannel and tell me what you really want!
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: probably from Welsh gwlanen ‘woollen article’, from gwlân ‘wool’.
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