poly·​thene ˈpä-lə-ˌthēn How to pronounce polythene (audio)
chiefly British

Examples of polythene in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The kit includes a tiered shelving unit; a polyvinyl (PVC) covering, which is thicker and more waterproof than the polythene coverings often found in other kits, and a durable steel frame to help keep the unit upright during unfavorable weather conditions. Rachel Center, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 June 2023 Most common plastic objects, from water pipes to food packaging and hardhats, are forms of polythene. Mark Lorch, Discover Magazine, 2 June 2015 Or that polythene, the world’s most common plastic, was accidentally invented twice? Mark Lorch, Discover Magazine, 2 June 2015 Other waste included strapping bands used in packaging, polythene bags and rubber tires. Fox News, 8 July 2019 Leakage of 50% peroxide onto supporting pallets under polythene sheeting led to spontaneous ignition and a fierce fire. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 28 Sep. 2018

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Word History


by contraction

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of polythene was in 1939

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Cite this Entry

“Polythene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polythene. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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