\▐li-nәn\ adj [ME, fr. OE līnen, fr. līn flax, fr. L linum flax; akin to Gk linon flax, thread] (before 12c) Cellulosic fibers derived from the stem of the flax plant or a fabric made from these fibers. Linen fibers are much stronger and more lustrous that cotton; they yield cool, absorbent fabrics that wrinkle easily. Fabrics with linen-like texture and coolness but with good wrinkle resistance can be produced from manufactured fibers and blends.