Linen draper
Linen 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.; as, bed linens ``In linen white as milk.'' --Robert of Brunne. [1913 Webster]

2. Underclothing, esp. the shirt, as being, in former times, chiefly made of linen. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • linen-draper — linˈen draper noun A dealer in linens • • • Main Entry: ↑linen …   Useful english dictionary

  • Linen Draper — Cockney Rhyming Slang Paper (newspaper) Has the morning linen come yet? …   English dialects glossary

  • linen draper — Brit. a dry goods merchant. [1540 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • linen draper — n. person who deals in linens; dry goods dealer (British) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • linen draper — Brit. a dry goods merchant. [1540 50] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Linen — 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},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Linen pattern — Linen 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Linen prover — Linen 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Linen scroll — Linen 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • linen — n British a newspaper. This old item of London rhyming slang (from linen draper , meaning paper) was still in use in the 1990s. ► ... although she does not know much about rhyming slang, it is good to see that she reads a good linen on Sunday.… …   Contemporary slang

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