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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ In his grey flannels and blue blazer-his full sovereign ring-Bob was the opposite of my father.
▪ Both were wearing grey flannel trousers and pale beige or fawn linen jackets.
▪ He still wore the grey flannel trousers, white shirt and maroon pullover of his school, but his feet were bare.
▪ He was neatly dressed in his grey flannel school suit, as if it was an ordinary day.
▪ Wearing a new sports jacket and grey flannels under his open raincoat.
▪ Lawrence had already changed from his City clothes into a blazer and grey flannels.
▪ Navy gaberdine trousers are reduced from £139 to £79 and grey flannel shirt-dresses from £159 to £99.
▪ Willie craned his head over the counter and watched him measuring and cutting two rolls of grey and navy flannel.
▪ Or drug-dealing devils in grungy plaid flannel?
▪ Hanging on the far wall was a large painting of a pale man in a plaid flannel shirt.
▪ I saw the muscles of his shoulders working beneath the soft plaid flannel.
▪ He was tall and slender and wore a plaid flannel shirt and dark brown pants.
▪ He bought the kid a bigger check flannel shirt this time.
▪ As she was talking a man in olive-drab slacks and an open-necked flannel shirt joined her.
▪ He was dressed in a flannel shirt that was covered in sawdust.
▪ The man in the flannel shirt heads toward the door but is stopped as two young women enter.
▪ Hanging on the far wall was a large painting of a pale man in a plaid flannel shirt.
▪ He was tall and slender and wore a plaid flannel shirt and dark brown pants.
▪ Around her ankle was the pinned flannel.
▪ How about updating the context, dressing the youths in flannels and baggy pants?
▪ The line surprises us, for much of the poet's work was a squeezed flannel of disenchantment.
▪ Toby saw him take up the pile of wet flannel from beside the bath and chuck it at his face.
▪ Wearing a new sports jacket and grey flannels under his open raincoat.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Flannel \Flan"nel\ (fl[a^]n"n[e^]l), n. [F. flanelle, cf. OF. flaine a pillowcase, a mattress (?); fr. W. gwlanen flannel, fr. gwlan wool; prob. akin to E. wool. Cf. Wool.]

  1. A soft, nappy, woolen cloth, of loose texture.

  2. a cotton fabric with a thick nap on one side, resembling flannel[1]; it is used, e. g. for underwear or sheets; also called flanellette.

  3. pl. garments made of flannel, especially underwear.

  4. a washcloth. [Brit.]

  5. humbug; nonsensical or evasive talk. [Brit. informal]

  6. insincere flattery or praise. [Brit. informal]

    Adam's flannel. (Bot.) See under Adam.

    Canton flannel, Cotton flannel. See Cotton flannel, under Cotton.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"warm, loosely woven woolen stuff," c.1300, flaunneol, probably related to Middle English flanen "sackcloth" (c.1400); by Skeat and others traced to Welsh gwlanen "woolen cloth," from gwlan "wool," from Celtic *wlana, from PIE *wele- (1) "wool" (see wool). "As flannel was already in the 16th c. a well-known production of Wales, a Welsh origin for the word seems antecedently likely" [OED].\n

\nThe Welsh origin is not a universally accepted etymology, due to the sound changes involved; Barnhart, Gamillscheg, Diez suggest the English word is from an Anglo-French diminutive of Old French flaine "a kind of coarse wool." Modern French flanelle is a 17c. borrowing from English.

  1. made of #Noun n. 1 (context uncountable English) A soft cloth material weave from wool, possibly combined with cotton or synthetic fibers. 2 (context New Zealand British English) A washcloth. 3 (context slang English) Soothing plausible untruth and half truth, claptrap - ''"Don't talk flannel" v

  2. 1 (context transitive English) to rub with a flannel 2 to flatter; suck up to

  1. n. a soft light woolen fabric; used for clothing

  2. bath linen consisting of a piece of cloth used to wash the face and body [syn: washcloth, washrag, face cloth]

  3. (usually in the plural) trousers [syn: gabardine, tweed, white]

  4. [also: flannelling, flannelled]

Flannel (disambiguation)

Flannel is a woollen (or other) cloth.

Flannel may also refer to:

Flannel (food)

Flannel is a soft woven fabric, of various fineness. Flannel was originally made from carded wool or worsted yarn, but is now often made from either wool, cotton, or synthetic fiber. Vegetable flannel is made from Scots pine fibre.

Flannel may be brushed to create extra softness or remain unbrushed. Brushing is a mechanical process wherein a fine metal brush rubs the fabric to raise fine fibres from the loosely spun yarns to form a nap. Typically, flannel has a nap on either one side or both sides. If the flannel is not napped, it gains its softness through the loosely spun yarn in its woven form.

Flannel is commonly used to make tartan clothing, blankets, bed sheets, and sleepwear. The term "flannel shirt" is often used to mean any shirt with a plaid or tartan pattern.

Flannel (band)

Flannel were a 1990s band based in Brighton, England. Their style has been described as "anarcho-narco", meaning that they were influenced by anarchist politics and narcotic-using lifestyles. This should not be taken too literally; far from being simple advocates of drug culture, their music often contained serious social references and messages. It attempted to blend unadulterated good fun with more than a little bit of intelligence and conscience.

The band played some conventional venues such as pubs, but were most often to be seen at squat parties, direct action protest sites such as the Newbury bypass and Reclaim the Streets, and summer festivals. They also committed "guerilla gigs" in shopping centres, parks and other "highly inappropriate" places. In the later 1990s, they shared stages with political comedians Mark Thomas and Rob Newman.

The tune (Let's all go to a) Ketamin Party received a surprise airing on the BBC's 1998 Children in Need charity show.

During 2005 the band had technically chosen to split up but continued performing because, they announced, they were very happy with the arrangement.

In November 2005 the bass player, Bloke, died in an accident in the south of France.

Lead singer and guitarist Cosmo continues to make and perform music in the Flannel vein from his base in Cardiff.

Usage examples of "flannel".

In less time than it once took her heart to beat, Allison had the man by the front of his ragged, sweat-brittle flannel shirt and three inches off the ground.

Delaney was thankful for his flannel muffler, vested suit, and balbriggan underwear.

Farris Fashions, a flannel shirt maker struggling to remain solvent after losing one of its biggest customers to a factory in China.

As soon as respiration is established, warmth may be promoted by the application of warm flannels to the body and bottles of hot water to the stomach, armpits, thighs, and feet.

She avoided horses too consistently for the rest of the year to claim any right to exhibit any on this one day at Bures, so she sat in the stands in her neat grey flannel and looked on.

Phil Carrara, wearing a light gray jacket and dark flannel trousers, was waiting for him, head bowed as if he were praying.

Warm as toast in her flannel nightgown in her pretty white-rattan bed beneath the hand-knit quilt Corinne had found in a Chautauqua Falls secondhand shop.

She parted the gown, revealing the pale curves of her breasts, her skin moist beneath the soft flannel.

Connor followed her trembling fingers as she unfastened her gown, white flannel parting, revealing glimpses of the treasures beneath--the hollow of her neck, the pale curves of her breasts, the shadow of her navel.

If the discharges contain much blood, a flannel cloth moistened with the spirits of turpentine should be laid over the lower part of the abdomen, and kept there until slight irritation is produced.

Clothes were my own chief care, for, freely as I had purged it at Flensburg, my wardrobe was still very unsuitable, and I had already irretrievably damaged two faultless pairs of white flannels.

Davies on the quay, bareheaded and wearing his old Norfolk jacket and stained grey flannels, as at our first meeting in Flensburg station.

I was facing a door about twenty feet distant, which exactly as I opened my eyes, turned slowly on its hinges, and the figure of Uncle Lorne, in his loose flannel habiliments, ineffaceably traced upon my memory, like every other detail of that ill-omened apparition, glided into the room, and crossing the thick carpet with long, soft steps, passed near me, looking upon me with a malign sort of curiosity for some two or three seconds, and sat down by the declining fire, with a side-long glance still fixed upon me.

Then he squeezed into what had been his loosest jeans and put on a green flannel shirt that he could not button all the way.

She saw Lance there in an old blue and white blazer and flannel trousers.