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.

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Let’s be responsible with our litter and properly dispose of these balloons and nylon strings. courant.com, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 7 June 2019 Another option is Paravel’s stylish nylon fold-up bag ($65), which can be reduced to a small neat square. Amy Tara Koch, Washington Post, "Leave the suitcase at home. Here’s why you should just take a carry-on, and how to pack it.," 7 June 2019 In a navy blazer, khaki trousers, and drawstring nylon cap, Westling appeared early on in the lineup, walking again during the finale as the last model. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Nathan Westling Makes His Menswear Debut at Prada," 6 June 2019 Sporting a navy blazer, khaki trousers and drawstring nylon cap from the collection, Nathan returned to the Prada runway once again. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Model Nathan Westling Makes Menswear Debut," 6 June 2019 From the start, Katy’s simple square nylon bags caught on with the important buyers and editors. Elyce Arons, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Spade's Best Friend Pens Essay on Their Special Bond and Honoring Her Legacy at Frances Valentine," 5 June 2019 Its smart elliptical design means smooth swaths of hair with minimal tugging, and the combination of nylon pin bristles detangle while tufted bristles smooth. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, "This Insanely Popular Hair Dryer Is the Perfect Last-Minute Mother's Day Gift," 26 Apr. 2019 The small nylon totes start at $125; the large ones can go up to $190. Glamour, "The Longchamp Le Pliage Bag Is the Perfect Tote Bag, Period," 18 Apr. 2019 Bassike has an impressive sustainability regimen, making use of recycled fabrics, as does Double Rainbouu, which is now manufacturing all of its swimwear from recycled nylons. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Swim, Sunnies, and Sustainability—What’s Up at Sydney’s Annual Resort Fashion Week," 21 May 2019

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First Known Use of nylon

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nylon

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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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