A stocking originally fabricated from nylon; also used generically for any long, sheer stocking worn on a woman's legs.
Arbitrary letters -on (by analogy with cotton); the widespread claim that the word derives from abbreviations of New York and London is a myth. Another claim is that an earlier name proposed for the material, intended for use in stockings, was "no-run", which was altered to avoid falsely representing that stockings made from the material would not run at all.
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