poly·​am·​ide ˌpä-lē-ˈa-ˌmīd How to pronounce polyamide (audio)
: a compound characterized by more than one amide group
especially : a polymeric amide (such as nylon)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Sizes: 0–12 Materials: 54% polyester, 21% silk, 16% polyamide, 9% metallic Miaou Thais Dress $325 at miaou.com The '90s slip silhouette and the juxtaposing fabrics give this dress the too-cool energy of a rare thrift store grail. Halie Lesavage, harpersbazaar.com, 26 Apr. 2023 The bag is made of a high-quality polyamide canvas with leather trim. Nicol Natale, Peoplemag, 20 Apr. 2023 The team also studied the composition of the microplastics and established the presence of polyesters (including polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and others), polystyrene, polyamide and polyethylene. Sharmila Vaidyanathan, Quartz, 10 Apr. 2023 Simon Crompton, who recently partnered with Private White V.C. to produce a reversible suede bomber jacket that flips from heavyweight goat suede to water-resistant polyamide, allowing the jacket to act as its own umbrella. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 21 Mar. 2023 Materials: Cotton and polyamide. Todd Plummer, Robb Report, 21 Mar. 2023 Plus, it’s made with elastane and polyamide, also known as nylon, which helps with sweat-wicking and quick drying. Isabel Vasquez Rd Ldn, Health, 28 Mar. 2023 There are skimpy string bikinis and more conservative one-pieces, but the most popular style is the Classico: a triangle bra top with a low-rise, not-quite-a-thong bottom, made with a soft-yet-durable polyamide and elastane blend. Teddy Minford, Condé Nast Traveler, 13 Mar. 2023 These impressively versatile pants from Theory are made with a stretchy, water- and wrinkle-resistant polyamide material that still looks polished. Madeline Diamond, Travel + Leisure, 2 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


probably borrowed from German Polyamid, from poly- poly- + Amid amide

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of polyamide was in 1929

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“Polyamide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polyamide. Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition


poly·​am·​ide ˌpäl-ē-ˈam-ˌīd, -əd How to pronounce polyamide (audio)
: a compound characterized by more than one amide group
especially : a polymer containing a long chain of amides

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