- an agile, goatlike antelope, Rupicapra rupicapra, of high mountains of Europe: now rare in some areas.
- a soft, pliable leather from any of various skins dressed with oil, especially fish oil, originally prepared from the skin of the chamois.
- a piece of this leather.
- a cotton cloth finished to simulate this leather.
- a medium to grayish yellow color.
- to dress (a pelt) with oil in order to produce a chamois.
- to rub or buff with a chamois.
Origin of chamois
Examples from the Web for chamois
The Mail, helpfully, reports that Pippa has stocked up with special “chamois cream” for the purpose of protecting her butt.Pippa Eating At McDonalds in Missouri RIGHT NOW!
June 18, 2014
Then she dried it with the chamois skins as she often had done before.Her Father's Daughter
But the chamois did not stir and gazed boldly into Swallow's eyes.Moni the Goat-Boy
He went in and selected a couple of chamois skins, very thick and strong.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
“If not, he should learn,” said the chamois hunter, viciously.
How the chamois hunter laughed at this, and showed his white teeth!
- (ˈʃæmwɑː) a sure-footed goat antelope, Rupicapra rupicapra, inhabiting mountains of Europe and SW Asia, having vertical horns with backward-pointing tips
- a soft suede leather formerly made from the hide of this animal, now obtained from the skins of sheep and goats
- Also called: chamois leather, shammy, shammy leather, chammy, chammy leather (ˈʃæmɪ) a piece of such leather or similar material used for polishing, etc
- a yellow to greyish-yellow colour
- (as modifier)a chamois stamp
- to dress (leather or skin) like chamois
- to polish with a chamois
Word Origin and History for chamois
1550s, "Alpine antelope;" 1570s, "soft leather," originally "skin of the chamois," from Middle French chamois "Alpine antelope" (14c.), from Late Latin camox (genitive camocis), perhaps from a pre-Latin Alpine language that also produced Italian camoscio, Spanish camuza, Old High German gamiza, German Gemse (though some of these might be from Latin camox). As a verb, "to polish with chamois," from 1934.