Definitions

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Fine, downy wool from beneath the outer hair of the Cashmere goat
  • n. A soft fabric made of this wool

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rich stuff for shawls, scarfs, etc., originally made in Cashmere from the soft wool found beneath the hair of the goats of Cashmere, Tibet, and the Himalayas.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.

from The 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.

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

  • 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

Etymologies

After Kashmir .
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hindustani कश्मीर / کشمیر (kašmīr), meaning Kashmir, from Sanskrit. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I knit the turquoise one in cashmere, and she knit the white one in yarn from Heirloom.

    Jean's Knitting

  • Sorry folks, cashmere is NOT in the least bit “sustainable” nor “environmentally correct.”

    SUSTAINABLE STYLE SUNDAY: Eileen Fisher Eco Fashion | Inhabitat

  • Stewart+Brown cashmere is purchased and crafted in Mongolia by herders and weavers who continue to practice their centuries-old way of life.

    SUSTAINABLE STYLE WARM UP: The best knit gifts | Inhabitat

  • 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."

    The Romance of Isabel, Lady Burton

  • 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.

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  • 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.

    The Latest Dispute

  • They have cashmere, which is nice and soft, but twice the price and not quite as warm.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • A company calling itself Nepal Pashmina Industry, in Katmandu, honestly begins its product profile with “pashmina better known as cashmere.”

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • 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.

    Under Two Flags

  • 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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