One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A lightweight, closely woven white linen or cotton fabric.
- ‘He wore a plain, cambric shirt and tan breeches that tucked into shiny, black boots.’
- ‘Loudon stuck four stakes into a plot of grass to support a cambric handkerchief 6 inches above the surface and found that the temperature beneath it remained warmer than the temperature of the surrounding air.’
- ‘Beneath the ruffled cambric of her night dress the proportions of it seemed huge.’
- ‘The camp is the Stewart Granger Memorial Collection of 1940s safari tents, with no running water or electricity but with four-poster beds and mosquito nets and cambric sheets and bucket showers and paraffin lamps and butlers.’
- ‘His work that will be exhibited to mark the world cup, Football Print, is a graphic piece using cambric and wall paint as a medium.’
- ‘The coif, we know from the accounts, was of cambric lace; there were gloves of white linen and fine cotton wool to dry up the oil after the anointing.’
- ‘The tent was made of reinforced cambric, fawn coloured, with sewn - in groundsheet, and at each end a circular sleeve-door and ventilator.’
- ‘The tunic was laced up the front, and its sleeves had long since gone the way of bandages; she left it open at the throat for freedom of movement, and wore a patched cambric shirt beneath.’
Late Middle English: from Kamerijk, Flemish form of Cambrai, a town in northern France, where it was originally made. Compare with chambray.
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