One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plain-woven fabric, typically a very lightweight cotton, with a corded surface.‘medium weight cotton or polycotton fabric such as poplin’as modifier ‘a worn black poplin skirt’count noun ‘the selection includes gabardines, poplins, and lawns’
- ‘This season it is complemented by soft and muted colours while fabrics range from denim or cotton poplin through to linen, which looks lovely teamed with this summer's cool knitwear.’
- ‘Fabrics include canvas in different weights, linens, cotton and silk poplins, piquets, silk canvas, shantung, cotton jersey and all the classic ‘suit’ fabrics.’
- ‘Examples include most bed, kitchen and bath linens, shirting, denim, poplin and other similar goods.’
- ‘There is an air of chic relaxation in the classic linen, crisp poplin and delicate voiles shot against the rocks and pinewoods of Corsica.’
- ‘Additionally, the designer has several basic styles and fabrications (mercerized cotton twill pants, stretch poplin blouses and T-shirts) that retailers request continuously.’
- ‘Fabrics such as twill, poplin, canvas, suede, denim and wool are also available in a variety of styles.’
- ‘There was a sale on in the shop just after Christmas, and I bought this groovy, beautifully cut shirt, hewn from the finest poplin, for about thirty quid.’
- ‘The shirt range consists of solids in twills, poplins, structures, linens and checks, as well as slubs, dobbies and indigos in pleasing colours of the season.’
- ‘Light and feminine fabrics such as satin crepe tulles and damasks combine with the fabrics found at work and in the masculine world - cottons, sail cloth, denim and poplin.’
- ‘Since the economic slowdown took hold in 2000, Ash City has moved the brand's price point down and expanded it to include fabrics beyond mercerized cottons - such as poplins and polynosics - to attract more customers.’
- ‘Fabric must be cotton or poplin, not shiny, silky or crinkly.’
- ‘That sums up the designer's newest line, it's monochromatic approach tempered by what are, for men, daring fabrics such as taffeta and silk poplin.’
- ‘The firm also used coatings to add a papery touch to poplin and canvas.’
- ‘Leather is a key material for the season, along with parachute silk, cotton poplin, cotton canvas and shining silk.’
- ‘Wovens are available in base cloths, novelties, stretch poplins and twills.’
- ‘The fabrics include washed denims, soft poplins, heavy canvas, twills, and yarn-dyed plaids.’
- ‘They included a paper-touch cotton batiste; cotton poplin with a water-repellent finish; and sheers in blends of viscose and nylon.’
- ‘Enlisted men received the cotton poplin shirt in place of the heavier twill for wear with their tailored wool jackets.’
- ‘A cotton poplin button-down shirt is the best thing to add to jeans in order to up the dressiness.’
- ‘By 1950 Japan was a force in the fine cotton poplin market and because of the quality and price Lichfield had to change its suppliers and buy from Japan.’
Early 18th century: from obsolete French papeline, perhaps from Italian papalina (feminine) ‘papal’, referring to the town of Avignon (residence of popes in exile (1309–77), and site of papal property), where it was first made.
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