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[ang-gawr-uh, -gohr-uh, an- for 1–3, 5–7; ang-gawr-uh, -gohr-uh, ang-ger-uh for 4] /æŋˈgɔr ə, -ˈgoʊr ə, æn- for 1–3, 5–7; æŋˈgɔr ə, -ˈgoʊr ə, ˈæŋ gər ə for 4/
(often lowercase). Also, Angora wool. the hair of the Angora goat or of the Angora rabbit.
(often lowercase) yarn, fabric, or a garment made from this hair.
(usually lowercase) made from a yarn or fabric of the hairs of the Angora goat or Angora rabbit:
an angora sweater.
Origin of Angora
First recorded in 1825-35; variant of Ankara Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Angora
Historical Examples
  • Deer, Angora goats, hares, and trout have been also introduced.

  • It was much nicer upstairs in the nursery with Mimi, the Angora cat.

  • The suppleness of the Angora's tail is also a mark of fine breeding.

    Concerning Cats Helen M. Winslow
  • It is but a few years since the craze for the Angora cat started.

    Concerning Cats Helen M. Winslow
  • The tail of the Angora serves as a barometer of its bodily and mental condition.

    Concerning Cats Helen M. Winslow
  • But it might have been Angora goats he was raisin', or water buffalo, or white mice.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • Built like Angora kittens and with the constitutions of beef critters.

    Across the Mesa Jarvis Hall
  • Ask the Contessa if I have not achieved a beau succes with her Angora cat.

    The Parisians, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • "Angora," said Dolly, her artless enjoyment of the idea shining in her eyes.

    Vagabondia Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • It is on the line of the projected railway from Angora to Kaisarieh.

British Dictionary definitions for Angora


noun (sometimes capital)
  1. the long soft hair of the outer coat of the Angora goat or the fur of the Angora rabbit
  2. yarn, cloth, or clothing made from this hair
  3. a material made to resemble this yarn or cloth
  4. (as modifier): an angora sweater See also mohair
Word Origin
from angora, former name of Ankara, in Turkey


(æŋˈɡɔːrə; ˈæŋɡərə) the former name (until 1930) of Ankara
(æŋˈɡɔːrə) short for Angora cat, Angora goat, Angora rabbit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Angora



type of wool, 1810, from Angora, city in central Turkey (ancient Ancyra, modern Ankara), which gave its name to the goat (1745 in English), and to its silk-like wool, and to a cat whose fur resembles it (1771 in English). The city name is from the Greek word for "anchor, bend" (see angle (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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