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[nee-non; French nee-nawn] /ˈni nɒn; French niˈnɔ̃/
a sturdy chiffon or voile constructed in either plain or novelty weaves and generally used in the manufacture of women's garments, curtains, and drapery.
Origin of ninon
1910-15; < French: generic use of nickname for Anne proper name Unabridged
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  • I intend for Paris; religious-literary pursuits, and the society of ninon de l'Enclos.

  • "Joy marks the force of the intellect," said the pleasure-loving ninon.

    The Women of the French Salons Amelia Gere Mason
  • They were quietly but very elegantly dressed, handsome furs being thrown back, to show pretty bodices of ninon and lace.

    The Independence of Claire Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • ninon sorted through her meagre store of remembered reading.

    Time and the Woman G. Gordon Dewey
  • ninon lay in the acceleration sling, gaining strength, and—she knew—youth.

    Time and the Woman G. Gordon Dewey
  • ninon did not have to make her voice throaty any more, and that annoyed her too.

    Time and the Woman G. Gordon Dewey
  • The rag-merchant asked the amount of his capital; and when he heard it, whistled ninon dormait, and turned upon his heel.

    Paris: With Pen and Pencil David W. Bartlett
  • ninon snatched out the little beta-gun, then, leveled it and fired.

    Time and the Woman G. Gordon Dewey
  • It was then that the priest and ninon grew to know each other well.

    A Mountain Woman and Others (AKA Elia Wilkinson) Elia W. Peattie
  • After a while ninon got up again from the sling and made her way to the wall.

    Time and the Woman G. Gordon Dewey
British Dictionary definitions for ninon


/ˈniːnɒn; ˈnaɪnɒn; French ninɔ̃/
a fine strong silky fabric
Word Origin
C20: from French
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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