Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A glossy fabric of wool or a wool blend, traditionally having a checked pattern on one side.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A glossy woolen satin-twilled stuff, checkered or brocaded in the warp, so that the pattern showed on one side only. Also spelled callimanco, calimanco.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A glossy woolen stuff, plain, striped, or checked.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A glossy woolen fabric with striped or checkered designs.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Perhaps from Spanish calamaco, from Late Latin calamaucus, felt cap.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Spanish calamaco, from Late Latin calamaucus ("skullcap")

Examples

  • Then there is a quilted calamanco coat, and a pair of stockings I bought of the pedlar, and my straw-hat with blue strings; and a remnant of Scots cloth, which will make two shirts and two shifts, the same I have on, for my poor father and mother.

    Pamela

  • One of them wore a fresh red-and-white calamanco gown.

    The Crossing

  • One of them wore a fresh red-and-white calamanco gown.

    Project Gutenberg Complete Works of Winston Churchill

  • The women, too, made a picture strange to our eyes, the matrons in jacket and petticoat, a Madras handkerchief flung about their shoulders, the girls in fresh cottonade or calamanco.

    Project Gutenberg Complete Works of Winston Churchill

  • The women, too, made a picture strange to our eyes, the matrons in jacket and petticoat, a Madras handkerchief flung about their shoulders, the girls in fresh cottonade or calamanco.

    The Crossing

  • The women, too, made a picture strange to our eyes, the matrons in jacket and petticoat, a Madras handkerchief flung about their shoulders, the girls in fresh cottonade or calamanco.

    The Crossing

  • One of them wore a fresh red-and-white calamanco gown.

    The Crossing

  • "How are you, Mrs. Tod?" as a comely, middle-aged body appeared at the right hand doorway, dressed sprucely in one of those things Jael called a "coat and jacket," likewise a red calamanco petticoat tucked up at the pocket-holes.

    John Halifax, Gentleman

  • The lane was quite populous with wagons and hay-makers – the men in their corduroys and blue hose – the woman in their trim jackets and bright calamanco petticoats.

    John Halifax, Gentleman

  • There the young ladies were taught dancing and music, for which, as well as for their frocks and "pink calamanco shoes," their fathers paid enormous sums in depreciated Continental currency.

    The Winning of the West, Volume 2 From the Alleghanies to the Mississippi, 1777-1783

Comments

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  • A checkered woolen fabric often used in the eighteenth century for women's shoe uppers.

    November 14, 2008

  • Those must have been some sharp shoe uppers.

    November 14, 2008