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  1. a durable, waterproof cloth, especially for outerwear.
  2. apparel made of this material.
  3. a rich fabric of medieval Asia believed to have been made of camel's hair or angora wool.
verb (used with object), cam·let·ted, cam·let·ting.
  1. to decorate (fabric, book edges, etc.) with a colorful, marbled design.

Origin of camlet

1350–1400; Middle English camelet < Middle French, perhaps < Arabic khamlah kind of plush fabric, akin to khaml nap, pile
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Examples from the Web for camlet

Historical Examples

  • Mr. Camlet, you have been so kind to me always, do not dissuade me.

    The Orange Girl

    Walter Besant

  • I detain you a moment at the words "scarlet of Cyprus, or camlet."

    Val d'Arno

    John Ruskin

  • Perhaps not in the camlet hood, which Dame Wheatfield says she wore.

    Love and Life

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Camlet, kam′let, n. a cloth originally made of camel's hair, but now chiefly of wool and goat's hair.

  • The guard paid no attention, but continued methodically to hand out, one by one, the packages labelled to Camlet.

    Crome Yellow

    Aldous Huxley

British Dictionary definitions for camlet


  1. a tough waterproof cloth
  2. a garment or garments made from such cloth
  3. a soft woollen fabric used in medieval Asia

Word Origin

C14: from Old French camelot, perhaps from Arabic hamlat plush fabric
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