- (often initial capital letter) one of a breed of sheep, raised originally in Spain, valued for their fine wool.
- wool from such sheep.
- a yarn or fabric made from this wool.
- made of merino wool, yarn, or cloth.
Origin of merino
Examples from the Web for merino
According to WWD, Altuzarra will design a collection in merino wool for the next stage of the competition.Joseph Altuzarra Named U.S. Representative for International Woolmark Prize; L'Wren Scott Teams Up With Banana Republic
The Fashion Beast Team
July 10, 2013
These wools are suitable for almost all classes of Merino and crossbred yarns.Textiles
William H. Dooley
On account of the climate, the quality of the wool, much of it merino, is excellent.Commercial Geography
Jacques W. Redway
He was one of those who brought with them merino sheep into the colony.The Fixed Period
Merino is related to mayor, which comes, through French, from Lat.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)
It is only on the hot plains that the merino sheep flourishes to perfection.Peeps At Many Lands: Australia
- a breed of sheep, originating in Spain, bred for their fleece
- the long fine wool of this sheep
- the yarn made from this wool, often mixed with cotton
- pure merino Australian informal
- historya free settler rather than a convict
- an affluent and socially prominent person
- (as modifier)a pure merino cricketer
- made from merino wool
Word Origin and History for merino
fine-wool breed of sheep, 1781, from Spanish merino, possibly from Arabic Merini, a Berber family or tribe of sheep farmers in northwest Africa whose animals were imported into Spain 14c.-15c. to improve local breeds. Or from or influenced by Latin majorinus, from major "greater," either in reference to size of the animals or from Spanish derivative merino (n.) "overseer of cattle pastures," also a title of judicial officers. Applied from early 19c. to the wool itself and to various articles made from it.