or kash·mir

[kazh-meer, kash-]


the fine, downy wool at the roots of the hair of the Kashmir goat.
a garment made of this wool.
a yarn made from this wool.
a wool or cashmere fabric of plain or twill weave.

Origin of cashmere

First recorded in 1815–25; named after Cashmere




Related formsCash·mer·i·an, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for cashmere

fleece, fur, yarn, hair, mohair, tweed, worsted, merino

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British Dictionary definitions for cashmere




a fine soft wool from goats of the Kashmir area
  1. cloth or knitted material made from this or similar wool
  2. (as modifier)a cashmere sweater



a variant spelling of Kashmir
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Word Origin and History for cashmere

1680s, "shawl made of cashmere wool," from the old spelling of Kashmir, Himalayan kingdom where wool was obtained from long-haired goats. As a name for this kind of woolen fabric, favored for shawls, etc., it is attested from 1822.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper