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[mass noun] A synthetic crease-resistant fibre and fabric.
- ‘Some people would clearly look far better and be far more comfortable if they were not encumbered by crimplene trousers, nylon tops and viscose thongs.’
- ‘Back when I was a young fashion conscious teenager, (round collared nylon shirts, crimplene flared trousers, and a natty matching tank top), there were no fast food chains as we know them now.’
- ‘Gone are the days when crimplene flares were modelled by vacuous looking male models with an unnatural penchant for Aran-knit cardigans and neck ties.’
- ‘Instead, I'm picturing tailored garments from a time when new synthetic fabrics like nylon, orlon and crimplene promised new colours and textures and new ways of wearing and caring for clothes.’
- ‘She wore a dark crimplene dress and a frilly little hat made from starched white cotton lace.’
1950s: perhaps from the name of the Crimple valley in Yorkshire, site of the ICI laboratory where the fabric was developed, + -ene.
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