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.

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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 Cotton, all the synthethics, viscose, rayon, polyester, bamboo, hemp, linen — these are all vegan materials. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "On the verge of a vegan fashion revolution," 20 Apr. 2018 Important note: Always check the care tag first, and if the fabric content includes rayon/viscose, avoid this step at all costs. Jolie Kerr, Town & Country, "How to Keep Your Lilly Pulitzer Clothes Looking Great All Summer Long," 16 June 2017 Credit goes to a gusseted crotch and textile blend that draws its strength from polyester, its comfort from modal (a type of rayon), and its elasticity from Lycra. Clint Carter, WSJ, "Cycling Clothes That Double as Office Attire," 22 Mar. 2018 Fighting Eel’s staple pieces are beachy chic, yet utterly stylish, made in Hawaii of modal jersey and ribbed rayon by a staff of fewer than 10 employees. Jill K. Robinson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Fighting Eel designs win fans with versatile, chic and comfortable island designs," 7 Mar. 2018 For instance, some items in the Time and Tru line have lyocell (related to rayon) to give it a softer feel, even though that costs more than cotton. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Walmart Makes a Big Play to Boost Its Fashion Credentials," 27 Feb. 2018 And sometimes, as with a sporty sunshine yellow stretch rayon jersey turned into an evening gown, with cuts here and there and one extra-long third sleeve dangling from the edge of a shoulder blade like an elegant wind sock, it just, well, works. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Beyond Business as Usual," 11 Feb. 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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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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