from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of a family of high-strength, resilient synthetic polymers, the molecules of which contain the recurring amide group CONH.
  • n. Cloth or yarn made from one of these synthetic materials.
  • n. Stockings made of one of these synthetic materials.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. A stocking originally fabricated from nylon; also used generically for any long, sheer stocking worn on a woman's legs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any of several thermoplastic polyamide plastics, comprising a family of high-strength resilient synthetic materials, used mostly in fibers.
  • n. A synthetic fabric consisting of fibers of nylon[wn1].
  • n. Stockings made of a thin form of nylon{2}, especially full-length stockings either sheer of of varying shades.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a thermoplastic polyamide; a family of strong resilient synthetic fibers
  • n. a synthetic fabric


Coined by its inventors, E.I. Du Pont de Nemours and Co., Inc.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)



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