noun, plural me·ri·nos.
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|DAILY BEAST
The merino dominates the bush, and gives to Australian literature its melancholy tinge, its despairing pathos.
The merino thrives here even better than in Northeastern Oregon, and many thousand pounds of wool are raised.Two Years in Oregon|Wallis Nash
It is my purpose here to exhibit the merino sheep in its true light.
Even Ellen could see that, and fumbling for her little pattern of merino, she compared it with the piece.The Wide, Wide World|Susan Warner
In parts of Germany this principle is carried with merino sheep to an extreme point.
British Dictionary definitions for merino
noun plural -nos
- history a free settler rather than a convict
- an affluent and socially prominent person
- (as modifier)a pure merino cricketer
Word Origin for merino
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.