• WordNet 3.6
    • n flannel a soft light woolen fabric; used for clothing
    • n flannel (usually in the plural) trousers made of flannel or gabardine or tweed or white cloth
    • n flannel bath linen consisting of a piece of cloth used to wash the face and body
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Flannel 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.
    • Flannel A soft, nappy, woolen cloth, of loose texture.
    • Flannel a washcloth.
    • Flannel garments made of flannel, especially underwear.
    • Flannel humbug; nonsensical or evasive talk.
    • Flannel insincere flattery or praise.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n flannel A warm loosely woven woolen stuff used especially for undergarments, bed-covering, etc., but also to some extent for outer garments, in styles adapted for that purpose. Some flannels have both sides alike; others have a long nap on one side and none on the other.
    • n flannel A warming drink; hot gin and beer seasoned with nutmeg, sugar, etc.
    • n flannel A person of homely or uncouth dress, exterior, or manners.
    • flannel Made of flannel; consisting of flannel: as, flannel clothing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Flannel flan′el a soft woollen cloth of loose texture for undergarments, &c.: the garment itself:
    • v.t Flannel to wrap in or rub with flannel
    • n Flannel flan′el (pl.) the garb of cricketers, &c
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  • Mary Baker Eddy
    “Is civilization only a higher form of idolatry, that man should bow down to a flesh-brush, to flannels, to baths, diet, exercise, and air?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. flanelle, cf. OF. flaine, a pillowcase, a mattress (?); fr. W. gwlanen, flannel, fr. gwlan, wool; prob. akin to E. wool,. Cf. Wool
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Orig. flannen, acc. to Skeat, from W. gwlanengwlan, wool; acc. to Diez, the equivalent Fr. flanelle is from the O. Fr. flaine, a pillow-case.


In literature:

All I can take in that way is a suit of clothes and a spare flannel shirt or two, and some socks.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
At the bath, the fleshbrush usually provided there will supersede the necessity of using the flannel.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
This flannel undress is intended for an officer to wear when he doesn't want to look conspicuous among civilians.
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants" by H. Irving Hancock
Now if I just had a strip of flannel to wrap around his chest!
"The Windy Hill" by Cornelia Meigs
He bent over Kloon and, from the left inside coat pocket, he drew the packet and placed it inside his own flannel shirt.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
For the pain, apply hot flannels or fomentations; drink hot water.
"Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why" by Martha M. Allen
Now, can you tell me why flannel clothing, which is a very bad conductor of heat, prevents our feeling cold?
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
He was sound asleep in his flannel nightgown snuggled under warm wool blankets.
"Here and Now Story Book" by Lucy Sprague Mitchell
He wore a grey flannel suit with a flannel collar, and he was smoking a pipe of great size.
"The Wooden Horse" by Hugh Walpole
When they reached the water five big fellows approached, all dressed in red flannel.
"The Voyage Alone in the Yawl "Rob Roy"" by John MacGregor

In poetry:

My flannel dudden donn'd, thrice o'er
My birds are kiss'd, and then
I with a whistle shut the door,
I may not ope again.
"Get Up!" by Joseph Skipsey
"Then take you this, and take you that -
Your blood flows sluggish in its channel -
You must get rid of all this fat,
And wear my medicated flannel.
"Ben Allah Achmet, or, the Fatal Tum" by William Schwenck Gilbert
'Now ain't that annoying' cried monarch
'I'm sure I can't walk through the town
And be seen amongst crowds of my subjects
In a pair of grey flannels and crown'
"King John" by Stanley Holloway
We 'adn't 'ardly struck the Channel
When a fog come down as thick as flannel:
You couldn't see, an' you couldn't 'ear,
An' all you could do was stand an' steer.
"Home For Christmas — Old Style" by Cicely Fox Smith
I shouted, "Ahoy" to the Captain
My heart going all pitter patter
"There¹s a girl in the channel, She¹s wearing red flannel."
The Captain said, "That doesn¹t matter!"
"The Sailor Comes Home With The Washing" by T W Connor
So I picked him up in a flannel jacket,
Well covered, lest he should bite me.
For I would have had to kill him if he'd bitten me, the
impure one. . . .
And he hardly stirred in my hand, muffled up.
"Man And Bat" by D H Lawrence

In news:

' Since Al was from the more male-dominated side of the blended family, she was more of tomboy than her two step sisters, although her burgeoning beauty shined through her character's overalls and boxy flannel shirts.
It seems indie music is experiencing a movement of flannel-clad gents strumming vintage guitars while tugging at scruffy beards.
When Mike Watt speaks, he screws his face upward, darts his eyes away, and raises his forearm to his face, as if he's about to close a flannel cloak around him.
Owen Ashworth ponders fatherhood, plaid flannels.
Quilted Flannel Lining Jacket.
The black turtleneck to Kurt Cobain's flannel shirt, Billy Corgan brought an auteur's sensibility to Nineties alternative rock: He didn't smash guitars, he stroked them into ecstatic swells of heaviosity as he cooed composition-book poetry.
When they arrived, the man was lying between two bins with a plaid flannel shirt over his head.
With a Flannel Panel White Out in full effect, the Warren Dragons put together one of their most complete performances of the season Friday at Warren Area High School.
If you said none, you receive a pair of flannel pants from the team's holiday.
Lambert, looking extra cute and casual in her trucker hat and flannel shirt, shared a bunch of pictures from the zoo date while she and her hubby mingled with the wildlife.
A whole week after the massive storm made landfall, locals in Gowanus still wore flannel and knee-high rubber boots to gut their smelly, flooded basements.
You'd probably expect an act called Mountain Man to be a bearded guy in a flannel shirt.
He was wearing a dark flannel shirt and dark shorts.
Cedar Springs may be "The Red Flannel Town" no longer.
The city announced at Thursday's City Council meeting that the Red Flannel Festival has notified them of their intent to proceed with a trademark infringement lawsuit.