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



    BrE BrE//ˈlɪnɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪnɪn//
    [uncountable] Departments in stores
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  1. 1 a type of cloth made from flax, used to make high-quality clothes, sheets, etc. a linen tablecloth a fine linen shirt Culture Northern Ireland has been a centre for the linen industry for hundreds of years and is an important exporter of Irish linen to countries around the world.
  2. 2sheets, tablecloths, pillowcases, etc. (British English) a linen cupboard (North American English) a linen closet We change the bed linen once a week. see also bed linen Wordfinderappliances, cookware, fashion, furnishings, hardware, linen, lingerie, menswear, stationery, store See related entries: Departments in stores
  3. Word OriginOld English līnen (as an adjective in the sense ‘made of flax’), of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch linnen, German Leinen, also to obsolete line ‘flax’.Idioms
    wash your dirty linen in public
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    (British English, disapproving) to discuss your personal affairs in public, especially something embarrassing
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