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

  • n. A rich cloth of Asian origin, supposed originally to have been made of camel's hair and silk and later made of goat's hair and silk or other combinations.
  • n. A garment made from this cloth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fine fabric made from wool (originally camel, but later goat) and silk.
  • n. A garment made from such a fabric.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A woven fabric originally made of camel's hair, now chiefly of goat's hair and silk, or of wool and cotton.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • pret. and pp. camleted, camletted, ppr. camleting, camletting. [⟨ camlet, n.] To cause to resemble wavy or watered camlet.
  • n. A rich stuff used for dress as early as the thirteenth century.
  • n. A very durable plain cloth used for cloaks and the like; a water-proof material in common use before the introduction of india-rubber.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a garment made of camlet fabric
  • n. a fabric of Asian origin; originally made of silk and camel's hair


Middle English chamelet, from Old French chamelot, perhaps from Arabic ḫamla, nap, fibers.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Arabic خَمْلَة (xámlat, "velvet"), via Middle French to Middle English (Wiktionary)



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  • "As the family drew nearer that point which offered our best vantage, I saw that Muntle had identified the brother correctly; there was Harry and there was his wife Matilda, each drest in cast-off and multiply-mended clothing, the husband in an old worn and faded blue camlet coat that did not befit the warm season, dragging a large gunnysack, which, no doubt, contained most of his family's paltry possessions."
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    September 4, 2011

  • "... and my only alternatives were the filthy muslin or a clean but threadbare camlet gown that had traveled with me from Georgia."
    —Diana Gabaldon, Drums of Autumn (NY: Dell, 1997), 174

    January 19, 2010

  • Where's my camel when I need it?

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