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poplin

[pop-lin] /ˈpɒp lɪn/
noun
1.
a finely corded fabric of cotton, rayon, silk, or wool, for dresses, draperies, etc.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; < French popeline, earlier papeline < Italian papalina, feminine of papalino papal; so called from being made at the papal city of Avignon. See papal, -ine1
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  • Except, instead of a jersey, he's wearing a poplin dress shirt.
  • The silky cotton poplin fabric is magnificently rain-resistant.
  • Shirt, steel grey poplin with shoulder straps and pleated pockets.
British Dictionary definitions for poplin

poplin

/ˈpɒplɪn/
noun
1.
  1. a strong fabric, usually of cotton, in plain weave with fine ribbing, used for dresses, children's wear, etc
  2. (as modifier): a poplin shirt
Word Origin
C18: from French papeline, perhaps from Poperinge, a centre of textile manufacture in Flanders
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Word Origin and History for poplin
n.

type of corded fabric, 1710, from French papeline "cloth of fine silk and worsted" (1660s), probably from Provençal papalino, fem. of papalin "of or belonging to the pope," from Medieval Latin papalis "papal" (see papal). The reference is to Avignon, papal residence during the schism 1309-1408 (and regarded as a papal town until 1791), which also was a center of silk manufacture. Influenced in English by Poperinghe, town in Flanders where the fabric was made (but from 18c. the primary source was Ireland).

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Encyclopedia Article for poplin

strong fabric produced by the rib variation of the plain weave and characterized by fine, closely spaced, crosswise ribs. It is made with heavier filling yarns and a greater number of warp yarns and is similar to broadcloth, which has even finer, more closely spaced ribs

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