[ kur-zee-meer ]

  1. a heavily fulled woolen cloth constructed in twill weave and finished with a fine nap.

Origin of kerseymere

First recorded in 1775–85; kersey + (cassi)mere

Words Nearby kerseymere Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use kerseymere in a sentence

  • kerseymere—A fine, twilled, woolen cloth of peculiar texture, one thread of warp and two of wool being always above.

    Textiles and Clothing | Kate Heintz Watson
  • There had entered upon the down from another direction several battalions of foot, in white kerseymere breeches and cloth gaiters.

    The Trumpet-Major | Thomas Hardy
  • He rapped with the knuckles of his left hand on his white kerseymere waistcoat.

    Aunt Rachel | David Christie Murray
  • And when he came he had quite forgotten to dust the knees of some fine kerseymere, and the shins of black silk stockings.

    The Maid of Sker | Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • I brought him a new pair of fine, drab-coloured kerseymere trowsers that had never been worn.

    Life in the Backwoods | Susanna Moodie

British Dictionary definitions for kerseymere


/ (ˈkɜːzɪˌmɪə) /

  1. a fine soft woollen cloth of twill weave

Origin of kerseymere

C18: from kersey + (cassi) mere

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