Wednesday Words

Wednesday Word – Flannel

Today’s Wednesday Word is ‘flannel’. It can be defined as ‘a kind of soft woven fabric, typically made of wool or cotton; a small piece of towelling used for washing oneself’. I believe that second definition is mainly used in the UK. It’s used a little in Australia by some people, but it is not the word I would use.

It came into English via Middle English (flaunneol, ‘woollen cloth’), but there’s a bit of confusion on where the word entered Middle English from. The two most likely candidates are the Welsh gwlanen, meaning ‘woollen article’ and the Old French flaine, which means ‘a kind of coarse wool’.


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