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[rey-on] /ˈreɪ ɒn/
a regenerated, semisynthetic textile filament made from cellulose, cotton linters, or wood chips by treating these with caustic soda and carbon disulfide and passing the resultant solution, viscose, through spinnerets.
fabric made of this filament.
made of rayon.
Origin of rayon
1920-25; apparently based on ray1
Related forms
half-rayon, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rayon
  • People stand in in line for hours waiting to buy the old, wartime rayon stockings rather than nylons.
  • It's made of organic cotton and rayon from bamboo, and would work equally well with slacks or a dress.
  • But shorts of ribbed cotton, viscose, rayon or silk are increasingly popular.
  • rayon fibers used in the production of nonwoven wipes are artificial fibers derived from wood pulp cellulose.
  • rayon is the generic name for a type of regenerated, or manufactured, fiber made from cellulose.
  • rayon and acetate fibers are also produced from cellulose mainly derived from trees.
British Dictionary definitions for rayon


any of a number of textile fibres made from wood pulp or other forms of cellulose
any fabric made from such a fibre
(modifier) consisting of or involving rayon: a rayon shirt
Word Origin
C20: from French, from Old French rairay1
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Word Origin and History for rayon

1924, chosen by National Retail Dry Goods Association of America, probably from French rayon "beam of light, ray," from rai (see ray (n.1)), which also was used in Middle English as a name for a type of cloth. So called because it is shiny. A more marketable alternative than the original patented name, artificial silk (1884), or the intervening attempt, Glos, which was "killed by ridicule" ["Draper's Record," June 14, 1924].

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