- a medieval fabric of camel's hair or Angora wool
- a satiny fabric of silk and wool or goat's hair
- a garment made of either of these fabrics
Origin of camletMiddle English chamelet ; from Old French chamelot; probably ; from Arabic khamlat ; from khaml, pile, plush
- A rich cloth of Asian origin, supposed originally to have been made of camel's hair and silk and later made of goat's hair and silk or other combinations.
- A garment made from this cloth.
Origin of camletMiddle English chamelet, from Old French chamelot, perhaps from Arabic &hlowbrev;amla, nap, fibers.
(countable and uncountable, plural camlets)
- A fine fabric made from wool (originally camel, but later goat) and silk.
- A garment made from such a fabric.
- July 1, 1660 This morning came home my fine Camlett cloak, with gold buttons, and a silk suit, which cost me much money, and I pray God to make me able to pay for it. — Samuel Pepys, Diary of Samuel Pepys
- 1844 With this announcement he hurried away to the outer door of the Blue Dragon, and almost immediately returned with a companion shorter than himself, who was wrapped in an old blue camlet cloak with a lining of faded scarlet. — Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit, Chapter 4
- 1893 She was richly clad in a bodice of gold-coloured camlet and a skirt of gray silk trimmed with gold and silver lace. — Arthur Conan Doyle, The Refugees, Chapter 3.
From Arabic خَمْلَة (xámlat, “velvet”), via Middle French to Middle English