ray·​on | \ ˈrā-ˌän How to pronounce rayon (audio) \

Definition of rayon

1 : any of a group of smooth textile fibers made from regenerated cellulose by extrusion through minute holes
2 : a rayon yarn, thread, or fabric

Examples of rayon in a Sentence

The shirt is made of rayon.
Recent Examples on the Web Each bag is handmade using organic cotton net bags and 100 percent leather handles and rayon fringe. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "14 Black-Owned Handbag Brands to Know and Shop in 2021," 29 Dec. 2020 Made in several bright colors with airy cotton and rayon, this sweater has deep pockets and serves as a versatile addition to any and every wardrobe. Madison Durham, USA TODAY, "25 incredible sweaters you can get for $40 or less," 2 Dec. 2020 Made of a soft cotton-rayon blend, these bottoms will make your relaxation time a true way to recharge after a long day. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Best Christmas gifts for the Auburn Tiger fans in your life," 14 Dec. 2020 The neck is long enough to be folded down over itself, and the cotton-rayon blend is a breeze to care for. Camryn Rabideau, USA TODAY, "20 top-selling women’s sweaters to buy before winter," 20 Nov. 2020 Ultra soft and lightweight to boot, this cotton/rayon cardigan has a lovely long-line silhouette that’s super versatile. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "20 cozy, comfy cardigans to snuggle up in all fall and winter," 22 Oct. 2020 Inspired by the haute couture draping tradition of the runway, one of the designer’s favorite pieces is the Maria shirt, a minimal, collared blouse comfortable enough for travel and made from cupro, a type of rayon, and organic cotton. Michaela Trimble, Condé Nast Traveler, "7 Latinx Designers You Can Shop From Home," 12 Oct. 2020 Alaska pulp faced new overseas competition, rayon lost market share, and, mirroring battles to protect old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest, environmental groups pushed through greater protection for old-growth trees. Daniel Grossman, The Christian Science Monitor, "In the Tongass, a tussle over Alaska’s identity," 11 Aug. 2020 The rayon, nylon and spandex blend fabric is designed to be soft and remains machine-washable. NBC News, "New & Notable: Sephora, H&M, Logitech, Olay and more," 29 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of rayon

1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rayon

irregular from ray entry 2

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The first known use of rayon was in 1924

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16 Jan 2021

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“Rayon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rayon. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rayon

: a smooth fiber that is used in making clothing


ray·​on | \ ˈrā-ˌän How to pronounce rayon (audio) \

Kids Definition of rayon

: a cloth made with fibers produced chemically from cellulose

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