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 Her dress design for White sources a unique linen and rayon blend crafted to her specifications at The Weaving Mill in Humboldt Park, run by textile artist Emily Winter. Hannah Edgar, Chicago Tribune, 12 May 2022 Others are impressed with the material that's made mostly of rayon and some spandex. Isabel Garcia, PEOPLE.com, 25 Apr. 2022 On the other side of the spectrum, Todd Snyder has decided to go back to basics with its newest iteration, which is cut from a blend of rayon and cotton and sports minimal embellishments apart from a contrasting collar. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 19 Apr. 2022 This pillowcase solves that problem by creating a pillowcase that has silk on one side, and moisture-wicking rayon on the other. ELLE, 18 Apr. 2022 Located on East Railroad Street in Lonaconing, the Klotz Throwing Company — sometimes written as Klots — opened in 1907, producing silk and rayon until it was closed in 1957 during a labor dispute. Greg Larry, Baltimore Sun, 3 Apr. 2022 Hoffman decided to move away from sourcing viscose rayon and use a different material instead, lyocell. NBC News, 11 Dec. 2021 Carbon disulfide, used in hard rubber, viscose rayon, and cellophane, harmed generations of workers yet remains in use, notes Paul Blanc, a professor of medicine at UC San Francisco who has written about this history. Rebecca Altman, The Atlantic, 15 Mar. 2022 Making overalls cool again, the one-piece is structured but soft, with an elastic waistband, made from a stretchy blend of rayon, nylon, and spandex. Rachel King, Fortune, 5 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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16 May 2022

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“Rayon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rayon. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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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