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[woo l-uh n] /ˈwʊl ən/
any cloth of carded wool yarn of which the fibers vary in length: bulkier, looser, and less regular than worsted.
woolens, wool cloth or clothing.
made or consisting of wool:
woolen cloth.
of or relating to wool or woolen fabrics.
Also, especially British, woollen.
Origin of woolen
before 1050; Middle English wollen (adj. and noun), Old English wullen, wyllen (noun). See wool, -en2
Related forms
half-woolen, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for woolen
  • The wreath of fur is somewhat akin to wearing a woolen scarf at the peak of summer-a hot and heavy burden around the neck.
  • The woolen system uses shorter wool fibers to make fluffy yarns for sweaters, coats, and carpets.
  • In each case, wool threads or pieces of woolen cloth were sewn to a cloth base.
  • The woolen-mill industry is interested in licensing the process, but if it is used for the military, no licensing is required.
  • It is made of hand-spun woolen thread dyed with native dyes.
  • She worked relentlessly on the heavy, woolen flags, one of which was to be the largest garrison flag ever flown.
  • Dunk your woolen ball into either the hot or ice cold water.
British Dictionary definitions for woolen


relating to or consisting partly or wholly of wool
(often pl) a garment or piece of cloth made wholly or partly of wool, esp a knitted one
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Word Origin and History for woolen

chiefly British English woollen, Old English wullen, from wool + -en (2). Related: Woolens; woollens.

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