Camlet definition

kămlĭt
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.
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A garment made from this cloth.
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A medieval fabric of camel's hair or Angora wool.
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A satiny fabric of silk and wool or goat's hair.
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A garment made of either of these fabrics.
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A fine fabric made from wool (originally camel, but later goat) and silk.
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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.

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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of camlet - camblet

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
camlet
Plural:
camlets

Origin of camlet

  • Middle English chamelet from Old French chamelot perhaps from Arabic ḫamla nap, fibers

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Arabic خَمْلَة (xámlat, “velvet”), via Middle French to Middle English

    From Wiktionary