ny·​lon | \ ˈnī-ˌlän How to pronounce nylon (audio) \

Definition of nylon

1 : any of numerous strong tough elastic synthetic polyamide materials that are fashioned into fibers, filaments, bristles, or sheets and used especially in textiles and plastics
2 nylons plural : stockings made of nylon

Examples of nylon in a Sentence

The rope is made of nylon.
Recent Examples on the Web The bodies are sprayed with disinfectant and sealed in a transparent, nylon fabric before being taken to the funeral. New York Times, "‘How Many Funerals Will Come Out of This One?’," 17 Feb. 2021 This camping hammock from AnorTrek features a lightweight nylon fabric that weighs 1.4 pounds and supports up to 500 pounds. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "The best camping hammocks for sleeping off the ground," 8 Dec. 2020 This lightweight yet resilient waterproof tarp is made from 70D nylon fabric with a non-toxic dual Silicone and PU coating. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Survivalists," 30 Nov. 2020 But, as for those outerwear garments that are narrowly limited to super-casual dressing, such as short nylon windbreakers, not every wardrobe needs one. Lois Fenton, Arkansas Online, "A list of outerwear -- from dressy casual to informal," 25 Apr. 2021 Each bag is made from nylon mesh that can easily be scanned, transported and used time and time again. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Earth Day 2021: 10 eco-friendly products to buy on sale now," 22 Apr. 2021 Each suit is made from a regenerative nylon fabric that’s created from fishnets, and the beautiful designs are versatile enough to wear just about anywhere. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, "27 Need-to-Know Swimsuit Brands to Shop Now," 22 Apr. 2021 The nylon flag is embroidered with all 50 stars and is outfitted with brass grommets for easy hanging. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "Don’t Have an American Flag? Here’s Where You Can Get One Before Memorial Day," 22 Apr. 2021 Last month Stella McCartney released the world’s first garment made of Mylo: a sensual-yet-athletic black top and utilitarian trouser, featuring the mushroom leather laid on recycled nylon scuba. Anna Haines, Forbes, "Fungi Fashion Is Booming As Adidas Launches New Mushroom Leather Shoe," 15 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of nylon

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nylon

coined word

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Last Updated

9 May 2021

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“Nylon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nylon. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nylon

: a strong material that is made from a chemical process and that is used for making clothes, ropes, and other products
: clothing for women made of nylon that fits closely over the feet and legs and goes up to the waist


ny·​lon | \ ˈnī-ˌlän How to pronounce nylon (audio) \

Kids Definition of nylon

: a strong man-made material used in the making of fabrics and plastics


ny·​lon | \ ˈnī-ˌlän How to pronounce nylon (audio) \

Medical Definition of nylon

: any of numerous strong tough elastic synthetic polyamide materials that are fashioned into fibers, filaments, bristles, or sheets nylon sutures and prosthetic devices

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