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[chi-meer, shi-]
  1. a loose upper robe, especially of a bishop, to which the lawn sleeves are usually attached.
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Also chimar, chim·er [chim-er, shim-] /ˈtʃɪm ər, ˈʃɪm-/.

Origin of chimere

1325–75; Middle English chemer, chymere < Anglo-Latin chimēra, special use of chimera
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Historical Examples of chimere

  • The chimere is a dress of black satin, with white lawn sleeves.

    The Worship of the Church

    Jacob A. Regester

  • Over a chimere of figured crimson velvet he wore a fine linen rochet.

  • By a late abuse the sleeves of the rochet were, from motives of convenience, sometimes attached to the chimere.

British Dictionary definitions for chimere


chimer or chimar (ˈtʃɪmə, ˈʃɪm-)

  1. Anglican Church a sleeveless red or black gown, part of a bishop's formal dress though not a vestment
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Word Origin for chimere

C14: perhaps from Medieval Latin chimēra (see chimera) and related to Spanish zamarra sheepskin coat
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