Definition of dupion in English:


(also silk dupion)


  • 1[mass noun] A rough slubbed silk fabric woven from the threads of double cocoons.

    • ‘The bag body is a beautiful floral printed linen and the pleat is melon pink silk dupion.’
    • ‘The ensemble was in deep red silk dupion with kantha, aariwork and crystal embellishments.’
    • ‘Other fabrics used include Khadi blended with modal, Lycra blended with dupion or raw silk, a finer version of Noil silk, which reduces the piling effect of a fabric which otherwise drapes well.’
    1. 1.1An imitation of dupion made with other fibres.


Early 19th century (in the sense ‘double cocoon’): from French doupion, from Italian doppione, from doppio double.