Definition of pashmina in US English:



  • Fine-quality material made from goat's wool.

    • ‘The markets are great places to purchase leather bags, belts and jackets, jewellery, pashminas, stationary and accessories.’
    • ‘Five minutes later, five Euros lighter, Lindsey flushed with pride as all admired her pashmina.’
    • ‘Then they head off, trailing pashminas and colouring books behind them.’
    • ‘Yes, my class-seeking desperados, pashmina as a shawl has passed its prime!’
    • ‘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].’
    • ‘Beautiful pashminas or a designer outfit would also be perfect Christmas treats.’
    • ‘I take a cardigan and a pashmina, because on many planes you can freeze to death from the air conditioning.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As soon as the weather turned cool and crisp in Delhi and women brought out their pashminas, the children knew something wonderful was brewing.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Dozens of stores claim to be closing down but somehow never do, with garish hoardings advertising two pashminas for a fiver.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Anna muses, looking at a photograph of herself in a navy blue dress and palest blue 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.’
    • ‘‘Goodness no, I couldn't live in it,’ she says, hauling Moses onto her hip and wrapping him up in a pashmina.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘We do make jokes about the students in their pashminas, but lots of them look amazing,’ McDermott says.’
    • ‘So pay no attention to the women behind the pashmina.’


Persian, from pašm ‘wool’.