vis·cose | \ˈvis-ˌkōs, -ˌkōz\

Definition of viscose 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a viscous golden-brown solution made by treating cellulose with caustic alkali solution and carbon disulfide and used in making rayon and films of regenerated cellulose

2 : viscose rayon



Definition of viscose (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or made from viscose

Examples of viscose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And the dose of spandex Hian uses in her viscose knits gives her collection an easy-to-wear athleisure vibe sans pantylines. Elizabeth Wellington,, "Welcome to Paula Hian's King of Prussia pop-up | Elizabeth Wellington," 12 July 2018 Some elements of the gowns available will differ from Markle's–mainly that they'll be created in a sustainable viscose rather than in silk–and not everyone will be able to shop the gowns freely. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "46 Lucky Shoppers Will Be Able to Buy Meghan Markle's Stella McCartney Reception Dress," 14 June 2018 They'll be made out of the brand's sustainable viscose instead of the silk crepe used for Markle's. Ana Colon, Glamour, "Stella McCartney Will Sell Replicas of Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress," 14 June 2018 However, if your Lilly is made of rayon/viscose or has heavy embellishments, sending it to the dry cleaner is ideal, since those fabrics should not be exposed to water and embellishments can get damaged in the washing machine. Jolie Kerr, Town & Country, "How to Keep Your Lilly Pulitzer Clothes Looking Great All Summer Long," 16 June 2017 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 Everyday velvets are more likely made from cotton, linen, mohair, wool, polyester, nylon, viscose and acetate. Mary Carol Garrity, kansascity, "For luxury and durability, think velvet," 2 Sep. 2017 The fabric won't be mistaken for fine wool but that's okay because the poly-viscose blend can take a beating better than any wool could. Max Berlinger, GQ, "The Best Black Suit Is the Key to Badass Style (Even If You're Not a Badass)," 15 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Nautical pea and bomber jackets were cropped and buttoned, while cargo trousers fell perilously low on the hips, uniformly finished with a viscose denim trim. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, "London Men’s Wear Shows Reflect on Race and Masculinity," 8 Jan. 2018 Ms. Kozen warned that viscose rayon is often wrongly marketed as environmentally friendly because it is derived from bamboo. Tatiana Schlossberg, New York Times, "Fig Leaves Are Out. What to Wear to Be Kind to the Planet?," 24 May 2017

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First Known Use of viscose


1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for viscose


obsolete viscose, adjective, viscous

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