Definition of cashmere in US English:



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

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


Late 17th century: an early spelling of Kashmir.