Definition of nylon in English:



  • 1[mass noun] A tough, lightweight, elastic synthetic polymer with a protein-like chemical structure, able to be produced as filaments, sheets, or moulded objects.

    • ‘Nylon is made of repeating units with amide linkages between them: hence it is frequently referred to as a polyamide.’
    • ‘The resulting hydrogenated compounds are starting materials for nylon and polyester intermediates.’
    • ‘Nylon is the most famous condensation polymer.’
    • ‘For example, consider the production of adipic acid, which is used to manufacture nylon 6,6.’
    • ‘Nylon is one of the most common polymers used as a fiber.’
    • ‘RF welding is most useful for joining plastics that have strong dipoles such as PVCs, polyurethanes, and nylons.’
    1. 1.1Fabric or yarn made from nylon fibres.
      ‘the tent is made of blue nylon’
      [as modifier] ‘nylon carpet’
      • ‘Brands such as nylon and Lycra take heavy investment to keep people constantly aware of them.’
      • ‘Next the guards produced some straps that looked to be made of canvas or nylon with a buckle at one end.’
      • ‘In addition to hosiery, nylon is used in tricot, netting for bridal veils, and in carpeting.’
      • ‘Parachutes sewn at home are made from ripstop nylon and use twill tape to reinforce its seams.’
      • ‘As a tenant, I had witnessed just about every way you can put a hole in a plaster wall or stain a piece of cheap nylon carpet.’
      • ‘Any nylon fibers sticking out at the top and bottom of the samples were trimmed with scissors.’
      • ‘They found these blue and gray nylon fibers in Westerfield's home and two dozen of them in and around her body.’
      • ‘He pulled out a small length of thin nylon rope and a knife.’
      • ‘Singlets are made predominantly from either Lycra, nylon or a combination of the two fabrics.’
      • ‘Elaine turned away from the closet, holding a pair of beige nylon pants and a red silk blouse.’
      • ‘The fuel cells in the tanker are made of nylon fabric less than one-sixteenth of an inch thick.’
      • ‘The inquest heard that the blue nylon rope had been woven through the loops of a trellis attached to a gazebo rather than tied.’
      • ‘For a stretchy chain stitch, use texturized nylon or polyester thread in the needle or looper.’
      • ‘The pickup box was covered with a greasy tarpaulin held down by an equally greasy yellow nylon rope.’
      • ‘PVC, hot air balloon fabrics and nylon were all featured in this neat capsule collection of black and white womenswear.’
      • ‘Recently, I was dismayed at Rowan introducing acrylic and nylon into some of their yarns.’
      • ‘Officials then invited the mother Milad Kahani to put the blue nylon rope around his neck.’
      • ‘It had two slabs of TNT over the chest and in the small of the back and was made of blue nylon.’
      • ‘Her father guiding the play of the fish, her lifting the green nylon net in anticipation and finally the heavy weight in it.’
      • ‘Alternatively he has created a piece that uses the shape of a target; this is made from red, white, and blue nylon.’
    2. 1.2Stockings or tights made of nylon.
      ‘a pair of nylons’
      • ‘I turned her on to nylons, garters, corsets, mini-skirts.’
      • ‘The garbage bag also contained underwear, socks and nylons.’
      • ‘She donned a pair of shimmery black nylons to hide the bruises on her legs, pointy stiletto shoes and grabbed a silver coloured shawl and headed back out to see him.’
      • ‘The Stashower brothers came to Canada from Poland in 1952, and Harry began the business selling pantyhose and nylons out of his house.’
      • ‘Next year's issue of stockings will consist of four pairs of nylons and eight pairs of rayon stockings.’
      • ‘She's dressed in a baggy sweater, a miniskirt, nylons and high-tops.’
      • ‘Am I ok wearing a knee-length pencil skirt and closed-toe heels minus the nylons?’
      • ‘She documents herself pulling on dozens of pairs of nylons, one on top of the other.’
      • ‘Is it tacky to wear a skirt with boots and no nylons in the Fall?’
      • ‘On Anya's birthday, when she wore that red suit and knee socks and those nylons and sandals, I just couldn't stand it.’
      • ‘The film provides another respite in a scene in which the women, clad in fetishy black bras and nylons, dance together in a hotel room.’
      • ‘She surprises me by buying skirts, dresses, nylons, pantyhose, and high heels for us.’
      • ‘At one time a popular New York store sold out of it's entire stock of 50,000 pairs of nylons in six hours.’
      • ‘The only thing that dislodged was her navy blue Swiss polka dot skirt which dropped over her upside down head revealing a tattered pair of grayish cotton underpants and some nylons that were tied in knots behind her knee.’
      • ‘I dug through the pile nearest me, finding clothes that were of little help: black slacks, silk shirts and nylons.’
      • ‘Heidi suggested using a pair of tights or nylons, but I used my non-terrycloth kitchen towel with a cheesy Montmartre pattern on it, thinking it would be most appropriate.’
      • ‘No money changed hands, but, when it was over, the market trader handed her a pair of nylons as she wept.’
      • ‘He wore panties and nylons under his uniform and, once he rose in rank, cross-dressed in the privacy of his own room.’
      • ‘I picked a pair of high-heeled black shoes from the closet as well and slipped them on over a pair of sheer nylons.’
      • ‘Iggy himself is tastefully arrayed in leather jacket, miniskirt, garters, nylons and heels; dipping and thrusting, hunching and high-kicking, he seems to be in peak condition.’


1930s: an invented word, on the pattern of cotton and rayon.