- any of various textile fibers synthetically produced by pressing cellulose acetate or some other cellulose solution through very small holes and solidifying it in the form of filaments
- any of various woven or knitted fabrics made of such fibers
Origin of rayonarbitrary coinage suggested by ray as descriptive of its sheen + -on as in cotton
- Any of several synthetic textile fibers produced by forcing a cellulose solution through fine spinnerets and solidifying the resulting filaments.
- A fabric so woven or knit.
Origin of rayonPerhaps from French rayon, ray of light (from its sheen), from rai, from Old French; see ray1.
(countable and uncountable, plural rayons)
From French rayon.