Definition of pashmina in English:



  • 1A shawl made from fine-quality goat's wool.

    • ‘Anna muses, looking at a photograph of herself in a navy blue dress and palest blue pashmina.’
    • ‘‘Goodness no, I couldn't live in it,’ she says, hauling Moses onto her hip and wrapping him up in a pashmina.’
    • ‘Five minutes later, five Euros lighter, Lindsey flushed with pride as all admired her pashmina.’
    • ‘I take a cardigan and a pashmina, because on many planes you can freeze to death from the air conditioning.’
    • ‘I must say it was very cunning of that MP sitting behind Brown to co-ordinate her pashmina with the contents of the missiles. [Yes, I know I'm a bit late on the uptake].’
    • ‘As soon as the weather turned cool and crisp in Delhi and women brought out their pashminas, the children knew something wonderful was brewing.’
    • ‘Yes, my class-seeking desperados, pashmina as a shawl has passed its prime!’
    • ‘‘We do make jokes about the students in their pashminas, but lots of them look amazing,’ McDermott says.’
    • ‘Dozens of stores claim to be closing down but somehow never do, with garish hoardings advertising two pashminas for a fiver.’
    • ‘Then they head off, trailing pashminas and colouring books behind them.’
    • ‘Their uniform of choice this season appears to be, for ladies, a pashmina wrapped around the neck tightly enough to prop up one's chin, worn with the skimpiest vest top.’
    • ‘I'm not the type to wear pashminas and other things round my shoulders so I've had a nightmare trying to find something I like.’
    • ‘So pay no attention to the women behind the pashmina.’
    • ‘The markets are great places to purchase leather bags, belts and jackets, jewellery, pashminas, stationary and accessories.’
    • ‘Beautiful pashminas or a designer outfit would also be perfect Christmas treats.’
    • ‘I myself gave it a whirl, but counting was never my strong point, so I failed to progress beyond impossibly wide and long scarves - pashminas for a Siberian climate, if you like.’
    • ‘Anyone who knows me will be most amused by that particular purchase - and let's face it, anyone who doesn't will probably be wondering when I'm going to get around to buying a pashmina.’
    • ‘I bit my tongue but slipped my pink pashmina and kitten-heeled flip flops back into the wardrobe.’
    • ‘There are television sets, pashminas and jewellery for those with lots of money and no taste, those with no money and lots of taste, and everything in between.’
    • ‘A secret pocket containing a sachet of natural, moth-repelling herbs ensures that your pashmina will emerge from the summer smelling sweet, rather than reeking of a musty old attic.’
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      another term for pashm
      • ‘Clothes were less structured and formal, with plenty of cocktail dresses and pashmina shawls in evidence.’
      • ‘It includes scarves and shawls, silk handbags, silk velvet jackets, embroidered silk and woolen shawls and elegant pashmina shawls.’
      • ‘I am sorry that the color does not suit you, because a pashmina shawl is truly a lovely thing.’
      • ‘For a touch of luxury, The Cashmere Store in Shambles has pashmina stoles for £59 rather than £99.’
      • ‘They favor white slacks and sweaters and pashmina shawls.’
      • ‘Even this old, tattered pashmina shawl of mine will not help matters.’
      • ‘The pashmina wool obtained from the neck and underbelly of the ibex living in Ladakh and the Tibetian plateaux is much sought after for weaving classic soft shawls, and the animals are not killed for their wool.’
      • ‘The author delves into the history of the pashmina shawl, the slow and subtle evolution of brilliant motifs and the technique behind the making of it.’
      • ‘The pashmina scarf he wants for his mother is not in stock at the government shops.’
      • ‘Most of them are Tibetan refugees, living on the raising of yaks, sheep and particularly goats whose wool, treated in a special manner, takes on the magic conjured by the name pashmina, also called Cashmere.’


Persian, from pašm ‘wool’.