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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: flanen 'type of cloth' (16-19 centuries), from Welsh gwlanen 'woollen cloth'


1 noun
Related topics: Hair and Beauty, Clothes
1 [uncountable]DCC soft cloth, usually made of cotton or wool, used for making clothes:
a flannel shirt
2 [countable] British EnglishDCB a piece of cloth you use to wash yourself [= facecloth; = washcloth AmE]
3 [uncountable] British English informal something that someone says that has no real meaning or does not tell you what you want to know


[plural] British EnglishDCC men's trousers made of flannel

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