Definition of chamois in English:



  • 1An agile goat-antelope with short hooked horns, found in mountainous areas of Europe from Spain to the Caucasus.

    • ‘He had taken another road; he would, no doubt, be sitting before the fire, with a dead chamois at his feet.’
    • ‘Two important national symbols are the linden tree and the chamois, a European antelope, both of which are abundant throughout the country.’
    • ‘The noise scared the chamois and drove off golden eagles and other rare birds.’
    • ‘There were chamois and small bears on the avalanche slopes.’
    • ‘They keep the chamois snug against the crotch to limit movement and irritation.’
    • ‘In high mountainous areas of Europe and the near East, the most important prey animal for hunters is typically a goat, ibex or chamois (in the lower forested areas, it is often a deer).’
    • ‘You could have possums, chamois, ferrets, stoats, flopsy bunnykins and even the common cat.’
    • ‘Our shrieks and raucous laughter ring out across the empty mountain but there is no-one to disturb apart from the chamois and bouquetin goats.’
    • ‘In Masume he sold chamois skins to tanneries and there began his interest in leather.’
    • ‘The sites are natural bearded vulture habitat: high, rocky cliffs where the birds nest and roost, above open valleys populated with wild grazing animals such as chamois, red deer or ibexes.’
    • ‘He did research into deer, chamois and pigs, each for a period of ten years.’
    • ‘The reserve is home to not only goats, red deer, and boars but also brown bears, chamois, lynx, roe deer, and wolves, as well as numerous eagles and large vultures called lammergeiers.’
    • ‘Their digestive tract is adapted to break down fairly large bones such as the femur of the chamois, the small, goatlike antelope of the Alps.’
    • ‘A pioneering animal ecologist invited him to join him as a technician engaged in animal research in the Cupola Basin doing identification of plants and their flowering periods and the effect that deer and chamois had on these plants.’
    • ‘The people dine on chamois and boar, aurochs and mutton, bison and walrus.’
    • ‘Will the Minister also recommend that the Government levy the Department of Conservation for the deer, goats, chamois, thar, and vegetarians that live on the conservation estate; if not, why not?’
    • ‘Kangaroos, gazelles, zebras, llamas, Malbrouk monkeys, antelope, and chamois were all to be seen at Malmaison, and the vestibule contained rare tropical birds in large cages.’
    • ‘A day spent in its embrace, with only the chamois and the alpine chough for company, is a revelation.’
    • ‘Until then the Alps had been viewed from afar by poets and painters or been used by local people hunting chamois.’
    • ‘Feeding mainly on small ungulates - roe deer, chamois and musk deer - lynx are capable of killing prey three to four times their own size, and in some parts of their range, they take large ungulates, including red deer and reindeer.’
  • 2A type of soft pliable leather now made from sheepskin or lambskin.

    • ‘Pick up several pairs of chamois or gel-padded bike shorts for your ride.’
    • ‘Crotch liners are synthetic nowadays (not real chamois leather).’
    • ‘The three-layer chamois lining gives you extra padding to help prevent saddle chafing.’
    • ‘The sweater goes on over a chamois cloth shirt and protection is provided.’
    • ‘Skin coming from men has a consistency and quality superior to chamois.’
    • ‘No word if he needed to clean his chamois after that.’
    • ‘You may also use chamois as an alternative to the leather pieces.’
    • ‘‘Lightweight means T-shirt weight up through twills, and possibly some chamois and micro suede,’ Maser says.’
    • ‘These techniques give walls the dramatic effect of crushed velvet, parchment, chamois leather, watered silk or brocade.’
    • ‘We can only hope this garment gets riders shaking their chamois by putting the dance in their pants.’
    • ‘The thought of a wet, rubbing chamois for the next six hours kept me upright.’
    • ‘Now a rich case lined in black chamois comes into view.’
    • ‘It is machine washable, and available in the color chamois in ladies' sizes S-XL.’
    • ‘The chamois trousers of his borrowed Picador's costume were patched and baggy.’
    • ‘Yes, it's like thick chamois leather, very tough and it's nothing like the sort of stuff that you have on the chicken breast out of that frozen chicken or anything like that, which seems to tear in your hand.’
    • ‘After brushing, a rubdown with a chamois cloth will bring out the natural sheen in a boxer's coat.’
    • ‘People live in huts made of tuffen and wear clothes made from chamois.’
    • ‘There may even be polishing of chamois techniques at certain windows by the old canal.’
    • ‘She'd stripped away almost all her Rim armour, down to the breastplate and chamois breeches.’
    • ‘This week's star scenario could have the Piscean psyche feeling like dry chamois or one of those mechanical fish singing Take me to the River.’
    1. 2.1A piece of chamois leather, used typically for washing windows or cars.
      • ‘When your chamois or cloth gets dirty, wash it out in the cleaning solution and wring it out well.’
      • ‘Help them celebrate the purchase with a gift of air freshener, car wash, chamois, tire cleaner and an ice scraper?’
      • ‘Wipe off any excess debris with your dry chamois or cotton cloth; just be careful not to scratch the leather.’
      • ‘They tell us the trick to clean windows is a good-quality chamois.’
      • ‘He takes a chamois from a pocket, screws it up, puts it in another pocket.’
      • ‘This is the world's first glass to use natural daylight and rain to clean itself - without a chamois in sight.’
      • ‘She turns 23 this December and resembles a wrung out chamois on legs more than any sort of animal.’
      • ‘Remove excess water with a squeegee, then wipe with a wet (but well wrung) chamois.’
      • ‘Peer through windows that last saw a chamois when George Formby was leaning on a lamppost at The Winter Gardens.’
      • ‘The river offered me its crumpled yellow chamois.’
      • ‘All you'll need are two brushes and some polish, and you can even replace the chamois with a cotton cloth, old T-shirt, socks, or dishrags, which serve the same purpose.’
      • ‘Use a clean, lint-free shine cloth or chamois to give your shoes the shine they deserve.’
      • ‘Something for the car perhaps a new chamois with polish and shampoo, a book of maps or a manual.’
      • ‘The second car is also clean and tidy but the owner has taken a chamois to the windows, polished the exterior, used a light, pleasant air freshener inside.’
      • ‘If you don't want to use a squeegee, you can wipe the windows with lint-free cloth, imitation chamois, or crumpled newspapers.’
      • ‘This is not a pack towel or any derivative of it, as they are more or less useless, but a synthetic chamois.’
      • ‘The gasoline had to be filtered through a chamois, so it was about a two-hour process.’
      • ‘To prevent water spots, blot dry with a chamois or a damp cellulose sponge.’
      • ‘Wiping the surface with a damp chamois will not leave streaks.’
      • ‘I wonder, when he suggests ‘polishing the Ford Blue Oval’ is this career advice for those getting the axe - just grab a chamois and forge a new career path at your local car wash?’


Mid 16th century: from French, of unknown ultimate origin.