a sturdy fabric of cotton, silk, rayon, etc., in plain weave with fine cross ribbing, used for raincoats, sportswear, etc.
Origin of poplinFrench papeline, probably altered ; from (draps de) Poperinghes, (cloths from) Poperinge, city in Flanders, textile center in the Middle Ages
A ribbed fabric of silk, rayon, wool, or cotton, used in making clothing and upholstery.
Origin of poplinObsolete French papeline, perhaps from Provençal papalino, feminine of papalin, papal (so called because it was first made at the papal town of Avignon), from Medieval Latin papalis, from Late Latin papa, pope; see pope.
- A fabric of many varieties, usually made of silk and worsted, -- used especially for women's dresses.
An alteration (taken as related to Pope) of French papeline, a distortion of Poperinge, a town in Flanders which was a centre for textile production.