what is difference between flannel and washcloth
- flannen (dialectal)
- flanan, flanning, flanen (Scotland)
From Middle English flaunneol, from Anglo-Norman flanelle (compare Norman flianné), diminutive of Old French flaine, floene (“coarse wool”), from Gaulish, from Proto-Celtic *wlānos, *wlanā (“wool”) (compare Welsh gwlân, Breton gloan), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂wĺ̥h₁neh₂. More at wool.
- IPA(key): /ˈflænəl/
- Rhymes: -ænəl
- Hyphenation: flan‧nel
flannel (countable and uncountable, plural flannels)
- (uncountable) A soft cloth material originally woven from wool, today often combined with cotton or synthetic fibers.
- With the weather turning colder, it was time to dig out our flannel sheets and nightclothes.
- 2012, Tom Lamont, How Mumford & Sons became the biggest band in the world (in The Daily Telegraph, 15 November 2012)
- First singer and guitarist Marcus Mumford, wearing a black suit, then bassist Ted Dwane, in leather bomber and T-shirt. Next bearded banjo player Winston Marshall, his blue flannel shirt hanging loose, and pianist Ben Lovett, wrapped in a woollen coat.
- (New Zealand, Australia, Britain, countable) A washcloth.
- (US, countable) A flannel shirt.
- (slang, uncountable) Soothing, plausible untruth or half-truth; claptrap.
- Don’t talk flannel!
- ⇒ Mandarin: 法蘭絨 (fǎlánróng)
- → Danish: flannel
- → French: flanelle (see there for further descendants)
- → Japanese: フランネル (furaneru)
flannel (not comparable)
- Made of flannel.
flannel (third-person singular simple present flannels, present participle flanneling or flannelling, simple past and past participle flanneled or flannelled)
- (transitive) To rub with a flannel.
- (transitive) To wrap in flannel.
- (transitive) To flatter; to suck up to.
From English flannel. Cognate to flonel and to Welsh gwlân (“wool”).
- soft, slightly scratched woven fabric made of wool
- “flannel” in Den Danske Ordbog
wash + cloth
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈwɔʃklɔθ/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈwɒʃklɒθ/
- Hyphenation: wash‧cloth
washcloth (plural washcloths)
- A small cloth used to wash the face and body.
- face cloth
- face washer
- flannel (mostly British)