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 Early sales mostly cut into the market for cheaper rayon and cotton stockings, however, giving silk stocking makers time to make the transition. Virginia Postrel, Twin Cities, "Virginia Postrel: The iPhone of 1939 helped liberate Europe. And women.," 1 Nov. 2019 Made from a combination of nylon and rayon, the cardigan is available in sizes 2-16. Rachel Murphy, USA TODAY, "20 perfect gift ideas your grandma will love," 23 Oct. 2019 Tran says in his court filing that McDonald used his plans to build a three-building data center complex — on a 30-acre portion of the former Superfund site that once hosted the Avtex Fibers rayon manufacturing plant — to advance her own interests. Antonio Olivo, Washington Post, "Developer in Front Royal embezzlement scandal claims he was unwitting participant," 18 Oct. 2019 Some fabrics—rayon, for example—can be made from wood. The Economist, "How to make use of all of a tree," 17 Oct. 2019 McCartney said that 17% of the Amazon rainforest over the past 50 years has been cut down for animal farming, and that 150 million trees are cut each year to make viscose and rayon. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sophia Loren, Valentino receive standing ovation in Milan," 23 Sep. 2019 Eberjey’s version is made of a thin, gauze-y cotton-rayon blend that feels light on your skin and is comfortable in a range of climates. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Pajama Sets, Whether You're Traveling With Your In-Laws or College Roommates," 5 Sep. 2019 The big difference is rayon requires more energy and chemicals to produce, which is both wasteful and toxic for the workers who make it. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Tencel Fabric," 23 May 2019 The designers also used flexible, lightweight materials like a Japanese Kyotex lurex yarn, a nylon and rayon blend, and a polyester and spandex blend. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Fitbit Gets a Redesign Thanks to the Knitwear Experts Behind PH5," 19 July 2018

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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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20 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Rayon.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rayon. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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