Definition of lyocell in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈlīəˌsel/


A strong synthetic fiber made from reconstituted cellulose, used in carpets and in apparel when blended with other fibers.
Example sentences
  • Crafted from a fine-gauge, jersey knit lyocell / polyester blend, it features a wide crew neckline with topstitch finishing and a straight bottom hem.
  • The viscose / lyocell blend is stronger than pure viscose, machine-washable and can be face-finished, he noted.
  • Tencel is the trade name for lyocell denim, which is made of wood pulp instead of cotton, making it similar to rayon.


1990s: probably from Greek luein 'loosen' + cell as in cellulose.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: ly·o·cell

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.