vis·​cose | \ ˈvis-ˌkōs How to pronounce viscose (audio) , -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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Meghan’s Stella McCartney reception gown got so much praise, the designer created 46 replicas of Meghan’s silk crepe gown, made with a sustainable viscose (ethical fashion is one of the benchmarks of the British designer’s brand). Stephanie Petit,, "Jessica Mulroney Shares Wedding Dress Look Similar to Meghan Markle's: 'High Neck for the Win'," 24 July 2019 The use of those fibers, plus a semi-synthetic fiber called viscose, account for 90% of the raw materials used by the brands. Jazmin Goodwin, CNN, "Zara wants all its clothes to be made from sustainable fabrics by 2025," 19 July 2019 The symbols were designed in a garland of rope-like motifs, and woven into a jacquard of silk, cotton and viscose blend, and then translated into a jacquard weave in the Como region of Italy. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Peter Pilotto? Meet the Designer Behind Princess Eugenie's Wedding Gown," 12 Oct. 2018 Stella McCartney In keeping with her commitment to sustainability, McCartney chose sustainable viscose as well as modern versions of couture fabrics like lace and chiffon to craft her debut bridal line. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Stella McCartney's New Bridal Collection Includes Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress," 13 Nov. 2018 It's made of made of jacquard silk, cotton, and viscose, and the intricate weaving on the top layer was done in Como, Italy. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "See Princess Eugenie's Stunning Wedding Dress by Peter Pilotto at Her Royal Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 Pilotto and De Vos crafted those symbols into a garland motif that was then woven into a jacquard of silk, cotton and viscose blend in the Como region of Italy. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Everything That Princess Eugenie's Wedding Dress Had in Common with Meghan Markle's," 12 Oct. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Super soft: The A blend of cotton and Outlast viscose fabric goes into the Slumber Cloud Stratus Sheet Set. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Take This Quiz and We’ll Tell You What Sheets to Buy," 26 Sep. 2018 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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