- any of a group of synthetic, long-chain polymeric amides with recurring amide groups, made into fiber, yarn, bristles, sheets, molded plastics, etc. that have great strength and elasticity
- any of the materials made from nylon
- stockings or pantyhose of nylon fabric
Origin of nylonarbitrary coinage, influenced, influence by (cott)on and (ray)on
- a. Any of a family of high-strength, resilient synthetic polymers, the molecules of which contain the recurring amide group CONH.b. Cloth or yarn made from one of these synthetic materials.
- nylons Stockings made of one of these synthetic materials.
Origin of nylonCoined by its inventors, E.I. Du Pont de Nemours and Co., Inc., on the model of cotton, rayon, etc.
(countable and uncountable, plural nylons)
- Originally, the DuPont company trade name for polyamide, a copolymer whose molecules consist of alternating diamine and dicarboxylic acid monomers bonded together; now generically used for this type of polymer.
- (plural only) A stocking originally fabricated from nylon; also used generically for any long, sheer stocking worn on a woman's legs.
- They left the strip club when they discovered the ladies only stripped down to their nylons.
Arbitrary letters + -on (by analogy with cotton); the frequently heard claim that the word derives from abbreviations of New York ("NY") and London ("Lon") is a myth.
- New York-London, a reference to trans-Atlantic life, people who spend time in both cities, a trans-Atlantic culture featuring both cities.