(1) A synthetic fabric
(2) A thermoplastic polyamide; a family of strong resilient synthetic fibers
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.
- 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.
- A stocking originally fabricated from nylon; also used generically for any long, sheer stocking worn on a woman's legs.
- They left the strip club when they discovered the ladies only stripped down to their nylons.