noun, plural cham·ois, cham·oix [sham-eez; French sha-mwah] /ˈʃæm iz; French ʃaˈmwɑ/.
verb (used with object), cham·oised [sham-eed] /ˈʃæm id/, cham·ois·ing [sham-ee-ing] /ˈʃæm i ɪŋ/.
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.
In a corresponding cupboard, with the door wide open, there hung in loose folds a shirt (as I took it to be) of chamois leather.The Law and the Lady|Wilkie Collins
Some smokers think that covering a meerschaum bowl with chamois will cause it to color well.Tobacco Leaves|W. A. Brennan
The chamois has a very penetrating sight, and his hearing and smell are not less discriminating.Buffon's Natural History. Volume VIII (of 10)|Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
The peculiarity of Chamois Hyde was that he could not bear making other people—college dons, for instance—ridiculous.
This is how it is done: Thread a No. 11 needle with sewing silk the colour of the chamois.The Child's Rainy Day Book|Mary White
British Dictionary definitions for chamois
noun plural -ois
- a yellow to greyish-yellow colour
- (as modifier)a chamois stamp
Word Origin for 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.