American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Fine, downy wool growing beneath the outer hair of the Cashmere goat.
- n. A soft fabric made of this wool or of similar fibers.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fine and soft woolen fabric used for dress-goods. It differs from merino in being twilled on one side only.
- Made of the dress-fabric so named.
- n. Fine, downy wool from beneath the outer hair of the Cashmere goat
- n. A soft fabric made of this wool
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A rich stuff for shawls, scarfs, etc., originally made in Cashmere from the soft wool found beneath the hair of the goats of Cashmere, Tibet, and the Himalayas. Some cashmere, of fine quality, is richly embroidered for sale to Europeans.
- n. A dress fabric made of fine wool, or of fine wool and cotton, in imitation of the original cashmere.
- n. an area in southwestern Asia whose sovereignty is disputed between Pakistan and India
- n. the wool of the Kashmir goat
- n. a soft fabric made from the wool of the Cashmere goat
- From Hindustani कश्मीर / کشمیر (kašmīr), meaning Kashmir, from Sanskrit. (Wiktionary)
- After Kashmir . (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I knit the turquoise one in cashmere, and she knit the white one in yarn from Heirloom.”
“Sorry folks, cashmere is NOT in the least bit “sustainable” nor “environmentally correct.””
“Stewart+Brown cashmere is purchased and crafted in Mongolia by herders and weavers who continue to practice their centuries-old way of life.”
“But one custom took my fancy: the best women wore simply a plain cashmere robe, and no ornaments, but loaded all their jewels on one or two of their slaves, who followed them, as much as to say, "If you want to see all my fine things, look behind me; it is too great a bore to carry them myself.”
“For example, private label cashmere sweaters for men and women, as well as makeup gift sets and fragrances ranging from $50 to $175, are all in high demand, but not displayed behind the glass panes.”
“It wants the Kashmiri original -- the wool Westerners call "cashmere" -- to be easily distinguished from imitations as the popularity of pashmina has soared and the word itself has become synonymous with a large scarf of thin wool.”
“They have cashmere, which is nice and soft, but twice the price and not quite as warm.”
“A company calling itself Nepal Pashmina Industry, in Katmandu, honestly begins its product profile with “pashmina better known as cashmere.””
“A cashmere is a Parisian's soul, idol, and fetich; servants could not find it; Cecil, who, to do him this justice, was always as courteous to a comedienne as to a countess, went himself.”
“They've recently introduced a collection of ultra luxurious, baby cashmere, which is obtained from the harmless process of combing the under fleece of the youngest kids.”
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