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 Made from 64% rayon and 36% polyester, this baby doll dress has a button closure at the round neck and flared cap sleeves. Daria Smith, Southern Living, "Best Affordable Dresses from Amazon for Summer 2021," 28 Apr. 2021 These mascaras contain rayon and nylon polymer to coat the lashes and are frequently paired with dense brushes that allow the polymers to cling onto the lashes. Sydney Poe, chicagotribune.com, "The best cheap mascara," 14 Apr. 2021 In 1993, community leaders thwarted Formosa’s plans to build a wood pulp and rayon plant in Wallace. Washington Post, "Huge plastics plant faces calls for environmental justice, stiff economic headwinds," 19 Apr. 2021 These slim fit jeans are designed to be worn and worn again, thanks to denim made with rayon fibers that allow the jeans to retain their shape and stay soft. Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, "Shop discounted designer styles for all seasons at Nordstrom’s Spring Sale," 1 Apr. 2021 With a fresh fade in denim-on-denim or in a suave black-and-yellow rayon shirt, Tre glamorizes himself as anxious teenagers often do: boldly, loudly. Jason Parham, Los Angeles Times, "John Singleton saw a tenderness in Black L.A. that the world refused to look at," 17 Mar. 2021 Less expensive options might be silk blended with a synthetic fiber; silk is commonly blended with polyester and rayon. Washington Post, "Silk pillowcases may provide some hair and skin benefits, but they’re not miracle workers," 6 Apr. 2021 Aside from fabrics like silk or rayon, mist the fabric with the iron’s spray button. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Do Laundry: A Step-by-Step Guide on the Right Way to Sort, Wash and Dry," 30 Mar. 2021 Made of 100-percent viscose sourced in bamboo fabric, this set is chemical free instead of made from rayon, breathable, hypoallergenic and comes with a 30-day trial with free returns (shipping isn’t covered). Lauren Levy, NBC News, "The 12 best bed sheets and best sheet sets to buy in 2021," 10 Mar. 2021

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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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4 May 2021

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“Rayon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rayon. Accessed 7 May. 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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