[ 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cambric


/ (ˈkeɪmbrɪk) /


a fine white linen or cotton fabric

Word Origin for cambric

C16: from Flemish Kamerijk Cambrai
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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late 14c., from Kamerijk, Flemish form of Cambrai, city in northern France where the cloth was originally made, from Latin Camaracum.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.

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