Meaning of Crimplene in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkrɪmpliːn/


mass noun Trademark
  • A synthetic crease-resistant fibre and fabric.

    ‘Instead, I'm picturing tailored garments from a time when new synthetic fabrics like nylon, orlon and crimplene promised new colours and textures and new ways of wearing and caring for clothes.’
    • ‘Back when I was a young fashion conscious teenager, (round collared nylon shirts, crimplene flared trousers, and a natty matching tank top), there were no fast food chains as we know them now.’
    • ‘Some people would clearly look far better and be far more comfortable if they were not encumbered by crimplene trousers, nylon tops and viscose thongs.’
    • ‘Gone are the days when crimplene flares were modelled by vacuous looking male models with an unnatural penchant for Aran-knit cardigans and neck ties.’
    • ‘She wore a dark crimplene dress and a frilly little hat made from starched white cotton lace.’


1950s perhaps from the name of the Crimple valley in Yorkshire, site of the ICI laboratory where the fabric was developed, + -ene.