- a finely corded fabric of cotton, rayon, silk, or wool, for dresses, draperies, etc.
Origin of poplin
Examples from the Web for poplin
That is the prettiest shade of green I ever saw; and such a poplin!Marion Berkley
Elizabeth B. Comins
She put her hand on Lucy Ann's shoulder, to give her a little shake; but, feeling mother's poplin, she forbore.
Perhaps it was the royalty of the poplin that enwrapped her; but Lucy Ann looked very capable of holding her own.
The walls were hung with the finest Irish poplin and decorated by the most noted artists of the time.One Irish Summer
William Eleroy Curtis
My husband bought me a poplin dress at the Exposition—Oh, mamma, I have quite decided about my cloak.Rene Mauperin</p>
Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt
- a strong fabric, usually of cotton, in plain weave with fine ribbing, used for dresses, children's wear, etc
- (as modifier)a poplin shirt
Word Origin and History for poplin
type of corded fabric, 1710, from French papeline "cloth of fine silk and worsted" (1660s), probably from Provençal papalino, fem. of papalin "of or belonging to the pope," from Medieval Latin papalis "papal" (see papal). The reference is to Avignon, papal residence during the schism 1309-1408 (and regarded as a papal town until 1791), which also was a center of silk manufacture. Influenced in English by Poperinghe, town in Flanders where the fabric was made (but from 18c. the primary source was Ireland).