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Meaning of LINEN

Pronunciation:  'linun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  white goods or clothing made with linen cloth
  2. [n]  a fabric woven with fibers from the flax plant
  3. [n]  a high-quality paper made of linen fibers or with a linen finish

LINEN is a 5 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: linen paper
 See Also: bath linen, bed linen, cloth, doily, doyley, doyly, fabric, flax, household linen, material, napery, paper, table linen, textile, white goods



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Lin"en\ (l[i^]n"[e^]n), a. [OE., fr. lin linen. See
    {Linen}, n.]
    1. Made of linen; as, linen cloth; a linen stocking.
    2. Resembling linen cloth; white; pale.
  2. \Lin"en\, n. [Prop. an adj. from OE. lin flax, AS. l[=i]n
    flax, whence l[=i]nen made of flax; akin to OS., Icel., &
    MHG. l[=i]n flax and linen, G. lein, leinen, linen, Sw. lin
    flax, Goth. lein linen, L. linum flax, linen, Gr. li`non. Cf.
    {Line}, {Linseed}.]
    1. Thread or cloth made of flax or (rarely) of hemp; -- used
       in a general sense to include cambric, shirting, sheeting,
       towels, tablecloths, etc. ``In linen white as milk.''
       --Robert of Brunne.
    2. Underclothing, esp. the shirt, as being, in former times,
       chiefly made of linen.
    {Linen draper}, a dealer in linen.
    {Linen prover}, a small microscope for counting the threads
       in a given space in linen fabrics.
    {Linen scroll}, {Linen pattern} (Arch.), an ornament for
       filling panels, copied from the folds of a piece of stuff
       symmetrically disposed.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(1.) Heb., pishet, pishtah, denotes "flax," of which linen is made (Isa. 19:9); wrought flax, i.e., "linen cloth", Lev. 13:47, 48, 52, 59; Deut. 22:11.

Flax was early cultivated in Egypt (Ex. 9:31), and also in Palestine (Josh. 2:6; Hos. 2:9). Various articles were made of it: garments (2 Sam. 6:14), girdles (Jer. 13:1), ropes and thread (Ezek. 40:3), napkins (Luke 24:12; John 20:7), turbans (Ezek. 44:18), and lamp-wicks (Isa. 42:3).

(2.) Heb. buts, "whiteness;" rendered "fine linen" in 1 Chr. 4:21; 15:27; 2 Chr. 2:14; 3:14; Esther 1:6; 8:15, and "white linen" 2 Chr. 5:12. It is not certain whether this word means cotton or linen.

(3.) Heb. bad; rendered "linen" Ex. 28:42; 39:28; Lev. 6:10; 16:4, 23, 32; 1 Sam. 2:18; 2 Sam. 6:14, etc. It is uniformly used of the sacred vestments worn by the priests. The word is from a root signifying "separation."

(4.) Heb. shesh; rendered "fine linen" Ex. 25:4; 26:1, 31, 36, etc. In Prov. 31:22 it is rendered in Authorized Version "silk," and in Revised Version "fine linen." The word denotes Egyptian linen of peculiar whiteness and fineness (byssus). The finest Indian linen, the finest now made, has in an inch one hundred threads of warp and eighty-four of woof; while the Egyptian had sometimes one hundred and forty in the warp and sixty-four in the woof. This was the usual dress of the Egyptian priest. Pharaoh arrayed Joseph in a dress of linen (Gen. 41:42).

(5.) Heb. 'etun. Prov. 7:16, "fine linen of Egypt;" in Revised Version, "the yarn of Egypt."

(6.) Heb. sadin. Prov. 31:24, "fine linen;" in Revised Version, "linen garments" (Judg. 14:12, 13; Isa. 3:23). From this Hebrew word is probably derived the Greek word sindon, rendered "linen" in Mark 14:51, 52; 15:46; Matt. 27:59.

The word "linen" is used as an emblem of moral purity (Rev. 15:6). In Luke 16:19 it is mentioned as a mark of luxury.

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