pop·​lin ˈpä-plən How to pronounce poplin (audio)
: a strong fabric in plain weave with crosswise ribs

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Comfort is key and this poplin cotton is light and airy. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 13 Dec. 2022 Enter this poplin option from Banana Republic, which is fitted roomier through the arms and back to let your guns breathe. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 7 Nov. 2022 It is made of 10 to 12 meters of rustic poplin and cotton printed with a floral design. Fernanda Pérez Sánchez, Vogue, 8 Aug. 2022 There were crisp poplin shirts and crimson red slink-sheaths and flutters of tulle, all thrown against the steel-on-stone backdrop of Hudson Harbor. Faran Krentcil, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 Sep. 2022 Since the ’70s, has Margaret Howell ever missed with her cotton-twill jackets and boxy poplin shirts? Zoe Dubno, Vogue, 16 June 2022 The pop icon's look consisted of a blue-and-white majolica-print poplin dress with coordinating majolica-print polished calfskin clogs and a cowboy hat in the same cobalt blue hue. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 17 Aug. 2022 This Stretch Poplin Printed Workwear Short Sleeve Shirt by Lucky Brand does both — the whimsical music notes give the shirt character and the lightweight poplin fabric is perfect for even the hottest day. Olivia O'bryon, Forbes, 11 Aug. 2022 This barely-there sandal works with everything from sundresses to cropped jeans or wide-leg poplin trousers. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 July 2022 See More

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Word History


French papeline

First Known Use

1710, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of poplin was in 1710

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“Poplin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poplin. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


pop·​lin ˈpäp-lən How to pronounce poplin (audio)
: a strong ribbed fabric in plain weave

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