or cal·i·man·co

noun, plural cal·a·man·cos for 2.
  1. a glossy woolen fabric checkered or brocaded in the warp so that the pattern shows on one side only, much used in the 18th century.
  2. a garment made from this fabric.

Origin of calamanco

First recorded in 1585–95; of obscure origin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for calamanco


  1. a glossy woollen fabric woven with a checked design that shows on one side only

Word Origin for calamanco

C16: of unknown origin
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