Definition of calamanco in English:



mass nounhistorical
  • A glossy woollen cloth chequered on one side only.

    • ‘Both calamanco and silk damask were used.’
    • ‘Perhaps the sheep they raised were not long haired producers of the fine worsted wool needed in order to call a quilt a calamanco.’
    • ‘She had on a dark calico gown, check apron, a black calamanco skirt, a blue and white check handkerchief, and a black silk bonnet.’
    • ‘The surviving calamanco quilts are most commonly of dark blue, with brilliant pink being the next most popular color, although examples in yellow, white, and black calamanco are also known.’
    • ‘The first thing that meets your admiring gaze is the author of Outre Mer reclining on a sofa, in a striped calamanco morning gown: - slippers, red [breakfast] tea and toast and a plate of waffles.’’
    • ‘The mansion was of plaster striped with timber, called calamanco work.’
    • ‘She gave her cousin Mabel Radcliff a pair of calamanco shoes with black lacing and Jane Herd the green calamanco shoes.’
    • ‘But whether made of elegant calamanco or homely flannel, these early quilts are fascinating products of the needles and imaginations of the New England women - and the occasional man - who designed them.’
    • ‘It is probably lined with calamanco, a hard-wearing mixture of silk and wool.’
    • ‘The exhibition explores the blue pigments, fabrics, papers, and paints used in seascapes and landscapes, floral bandboxes, a charming calamanco quilt, and blue and white ceramics.’
    • ‘I wish you would let Bass get me one pound of pepper, and two yards of black calamanco for shoes.’
    • ‘One of Ohio's foremost quilt historians has assembled exquisite examples of calamanco, ‘T’ quilts, and borderless pieced quilts to show the influence of Connecticut aesthetics and history on the making of early quilts in this region.’


Late 16th century: of unknown origin.