[ 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 /



(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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for angora


/ (æŋˈɡɔːrə) /

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 for angora

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
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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.)).

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