[ pop-lin ]
/ ˈpɒp lɪn /


a finely corded fabric of cotton, rayon, silk, or wool, for dresses, draperies, etc.

Nearby words

  1. popish plot,
  2. popishly,
  3. poplar,
  4. poplar bluff,
  5. poples,
  6. popliteal,
  7. popliteal artery,
  8. popliteal entrapment syndrome,
  9. popliteal ligament,
  10. popliteal muscle

Origin of poplin

1700–10; < French popeline, earlier papeline < Italian papalina, feminine of papalino papal; so called from being made at the papal city of Avignon. See papal, -ine1

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British Dictionary definitions for poplin


/ (ˈpɒplɪn) /


  1. a strong fabric, usually of cotton, in plain weave with fine ribbing, used for dresses, children's wear, etc
  2. (as modifier)a poplin shirt

Word Origin for poplin

C18: from French papeline, perhaps from Poperinge, a centre of textile manufacture in Flanders

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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).

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