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[keym-brik] /ˈkeɪm brɪk/
a thin, plain cotton or linen fabric of fine close weave, usually white.
Origin of cambric
1520-30; earlier cameryk, after Kameryk, Dutch name of Cambrai Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for cambric
Historical Examples
  • Each of these fairies was about the height of a cambric needle.

  • She has more eyes than ever Argus had, and each one is as sharp as a cambric needle.

    The Midnight Queen May Agnes Fleming
  • The cambric pocket-handkerchief was the only one known in the olden times.

    The English Spy Bernard Blackmantle
  • cambric is a heavy, glazed cotton fabric with a smooth finish.


    William H. Dooley
  • The sheets—I've seen the pattern—they are of cambric—spider-web.

    Rene Mauperin

    Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt
  • Out with your cambric, dear ladies, and let us all whimper together.

    Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • How could she possibly raise the money necessary to the purchase of the cambric?

  • One was cambric, one was fine lawn or nainsook, and one of dimity.

    A Little Girl in Old New York Amanda Millie Douglas
  • Now, if there was anything that Peter Mink disliked, it was cambric tea.

    The Tale of Peter Mink Arthur Scott Bailey
  • "You look to me as if you needed some cambric tea," Mrs. Rabbit said.

    The Tale of Peter Mink Arthur Scott Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for cambric


a fine white linen or cotton fabric
Word Origin
C16: from Flemish KamerijkCambrai
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cambric

late 14c., from Kamerijk, Flemish form of Cambrai, city in northern France where the cloth was originally made, from Latin Camaracum. The modern form of the English word has elements from both versions of the name.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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