Definition of cashmere in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkaʃmɪə//kaʃˈmɪə/


mass noun
  • 1Fine, soft wool, originally that from the Kashmir goat.

    • ‘For two decades poachers have slaughtered chiru by the thousands for their wool, which is finer and more expensive than cashmere.’
    • ‘I do not have experience dyeing wool, cashmere, angora, or other similar hair fibers, so I cannot speak directly.’
    • ‘There are dyes for wool & cashmere that generally require hot water - even on top of the stove application.’
    • ‘The name cashmere was derived from Kashmir, the state of India, where the cashmere goat was initially found.’
    • ‘Merino, cashmere, Angora… these luxury yarns were too expensive to be hastily turned into just another scarf.’
    • ‘International buyers came to Texas looking to purchase kid mohair and cashmere.’
    • ‘Merino wool is soft and luxurious, resembling cashmere.’
    • ‘If you think cashmere is soft, you should try alpaca.’
    • ‘The Alpaca fleece is soft as cashmere but warmer, lighter and stronger than wool and it comes in many natural colours.’
    1. 1.1 Woollen material made from or resembling cashmere.
      as modifier ‘a cashmere jumper’
      • ‘Stock up on key fabrics like cotton, linen, silk and lightweight knits in the summer months, and wool, cashmere and merino knits in the winter.’
      • ‘Her woollen coats and cashmere dresses were technically brilliant.’
      • ‘A medium height woman with bright and vivid red hair, and gray eyes, dressed in a light blue cashmere sweater and blue denim jeans, came to stand before me, hand thrust forwards in greeting.’
      • ‘Jackets in bouclé, wool, cashmere blends, tapestry and tweeds.’
      • ‘Classic models updated and translated into luxurious fabrics: cashmere and extra fine wools.’
      • ‘With cashmere and wool overcoats, you're sure to stay warm and adequately cool, since natural fabrics like wool tend to be breathable.’
      • ‘She stopped when she came to a soft, blue cashmere long-sleeved shirt.’
      • ‘To keep out the cold, in imitable British style, three-quarter-length car coats are back in tweed, cashmere and wool, featuring velvet collars.’
      • ‘All the designs come in materials ranging from camel hair, grain lambskin, silk crepe, silk faille and flannel to wool and cashmere.’
      • ‘Silk, wool, cashmere, chiffon, silk-jersey, tulle and leather are their favourite.’
      • ‘Different fabrics include merino or light wool, cashmere, and cotton, which can all be worn under sports jackets.’
      • ‘There were more sweaters than I'd ever seen, cashmere, mohair, lamb's wool, alpaca, you name it.’
      • ‘Mohair, angora, wool, cashmere, camel, alpaca, etc. are all your allies against the wind and cold.’
      • ‘Be warned, as simple as cashmere sweaters may look, they can come with a serious price tag.’
      • ‘An exhibition exploring proportion in new and old tartans featuring woven Tartan in cashmere and merino wool.’
      • ‘Sweaters are simpler this season, available in fabrics such as cotton, regular wool, merino wool or cashmere.’
      • ‘Apart from the traditional cashmere, silk, wool, natural linen and cotton, bamboo linen is a new member.’
      • ‘So buy a few lightweight cashmere or wool knits in these colours now and you will be happily wearing them through to spring and summer.’
      • ‘He uses linen, cotton and cashmere and his textures combine opposites - they are soft and smart, worn but restrained.’
      • ‘Tackle the chill factor when wearing your favorite backless or strapless pieces by wrapping up in cashmere, velvet or wool shawls.’


Late 17th century: an early spelling of Kashmir.