1. A soft woven cloth of wool or a blend of wool and cotton or synthetics.
a. Outer clothing, especially pants, made of this cloth.
b. Underclothing made of this cloth.
[Middle English, a kind of woolen cloth or garment, perhaps variant of flanyn, sackcloth, probably from Old French flaine, a kind of coarse wool.]
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