a thermoplastic copolymer of vinylidene chloride and usually small amounts of vinyl chloride or acrylonitrile: used as a fiber, for packaging, and for making acid-resistant pipe.

Origin of saran

An Americanism dating back to 1935–40; formerly trademark Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of saran

  • For his next image, Albanese wants to try to use Saran wrap, or some kind of thin plastic, to depict an ocean scene.

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    Tali Yahalom

    February 11, 2010

Historical Examples of saran

British Dictionary definitions for saran



any one of a class of thermoplastic resins based on vinylidene chloride, used in fibres, moulded articles, and coatings

Word Origin for saran

C20: after Saran, trademark coined by the Dow Chemical Co
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Word Origin and History for saran


U.S. trademark name for PVC used as a cling-film, 1940, by Dow Chemical Company.

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