Definition of lurex in English:



  • [mass noun] A type of yarn or fabric which incorporates a glittering metallic thread.

    [as modifier] ‘a green lurex dress’
    • ‘The winning nomination, according to the team of judges was, ‘Awarded for a fur-like, silver lurex shiny fabric, with lustre and matte finish interwoven.’’
    • ‘Oriental prints were used on dresses reinforcing the Geisha girl theme while lurex and sequin dresses offered glamour for the evening.’
    • ‘I have never seen so many black and silver lurex cardigans and neatly pressed chinos in one place before.’
    • ‘The clothing is available in a vast variety of weights, with plush effects, blended with silk, mohair, wool and lurex in the ways that make Avon Celli garments instantly recognizable.’
    • ‘Tiny lurex tops, bumfreezer leggings and high heels, this gang with red-painted lips and rouged cheeks and hair coiffed high ran riot.’
    • ‘Also, introduced for the first time in the United States were dimensional cut velvet jacquards with gold lurex.’
    • ‘In the mid-1980's he had purchased a rather dramatic lurex jacket which had a tailor's label bearing the word MERC with the device of a mounted horseman.’
    • ‘As well as merino, lurex also features - a shiny, stretchy icon of the '70s.’
    • ‘So we went, and these guys came out in make-up, high heels and lurex.’
    • ‘A touch of transcendental chic is evidenced by a novel mechanics' overall and a little good-natured eccentricity comes through by means of a velvet bomber jacket and a lurex mock turtle.’
    • ‘These prints coordinated with the firm's printed, knitted velvet and lurex sheer knits.’
    • ‘Knitwear is key and appears in every imaginable form: an ankle-length Aran dress, long tweedy knit cardigan, sexy fine knit evening top shot with lurex, dainty lace effect camisole or soft stripe sweater.’
    • ‘Organza makes a great splash along with tulle, lace, elegant luxury fabrics combined with glittering Chantilly, crushed velvet, jersey with lurex and iridescent cady.’
    • ‘The lurex and chain versions were adopted by the more street-wise city dwellers at the same time.’
    • ‘The new designs incorporate the pocket embroidery and the same dark colors of the original, but are updated with stretch and modern treatments such as gold lurex threads and rhinestones.’


1940s: of unknown origin.