polyester

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noun

poly·​es·​ter ˈpä-lē-ˌe-stər How to pronounce polyester (audio)
ˌpä-lē-ˈe-
: any of a group of polymers that consist basically of repeated units of an ester and are used especially in making fibers or plastics
also : a product (such as a fiber or fabric) composed of polyester
polyesterification noun

polyester

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adjective

: characterized by inelegant or unsophisticated middle-class taste
polyester suburbs
polyester folks

Example Sentences

Noun The shirt is made of polyester. The sheets are a cotton and polyester blend.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Seasum's leggings are made of a textured polyester and spandex blend with just the right amount of stretch. Carly Kulzer, Peoplemag, 25 Nov. 2022 They're made with polyester and spandex and feature a large side pocket perfect for your cell phone. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 24 Oct. 2022 Plus, its super stretchy polyester-and-spandex blend is temperature regulating to ensure everyone is comfy. Karla Pope, Woman's Day, 10 Sep. 2022 Lightweight fabrics like linen and cotton breathe while synthetic fabrics like polyester and spandex can wick away sweat or resist it altogether. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 31 Aug. 2022 Nike’s Pro Dri-Fit allover print tank ($40) and matching three-inch inseam shorts ($35) are both made of an eco-friendly blend of polyester and spandex. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 July 2022 Made of polyester and spandex, the swimsuit is both stretchy and comfortable to wear all day. Sanah Faroke, PEOPLE.com, 1 July 2022 The soft, wicking blend of recycled polyester and spandex used in the Essence is ideal for traveling. Alex Temblador, Outside Online, 27 May 2022 Made from water-resistant polyester, the holiday inflatable brings the joy of Christmas to any household with a large outdoor area. Casey Clark, Peoplemag, 15 Nov. 2022
Adjective
Get a cap and gown for a cool photo op No graduation day is complete without a photo shoot in a tasseled cap and hot, sweaty, polyester robe, right? Lindsey Vickers, USA TODAY, 30 Apr. 2020 Start with polyester thermal underwear for the base layer. Deb Acord, Popular Mechanics, 22 Sep. 2019 Start with polyester thermal underwear for the base layer. Deb Acord, Popular Mechanics, 22 Sep. 2019 Start with polyester thermal underwear for the base layer. Deb Acord, Popular Mechanics, 22 Sep. 2019 Start with polyester thermal underwear for the base layer. Deb Acord, Popular Mechanics, 22 Sep. 2019 Start with polyester thermal underwear for the base layer. Deb Acord, Popular Mechanics, 22 Sep. 2019 Start with polyester thermal underwear for the base layer. Deb Acord, Popular Mechanics, 22 Sep. 2019 Start with polyester thermal underwear for the base layer. Deb Acord, Popular Mechanics, 22 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

poly- + ester

Adjective

from the assumed popularity of clothing made from polyester fabric among middle-class consumers

First Known Use

Noun

1922, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1975, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of polyester was in 1922

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Cite this Entry

“Polyester.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polyester. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

polyester

noun
poly·​es·​ter
ˈpäl-ē-ˌes-tər
: any of a group of polymers that consist basically of repeated units of an ester and are used chiefly in making fibers or plastics
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