cambric

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cambric a finely woven white linen
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • cambric A fabric made, in imitation of linen cambric, of fine, hardspun cotton, often with figures of various colors; -- also called cotton cambric, and cambric muslin.
    • cambric A fine, thin, and white fabric made of flax or linen. "He hath ribbons of all the colors i' the rainbow; . . . inkles, caddises, cambrics , lawns."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cambric A thin, fine linen, said to have been first manufactured at Cambrai in France, introduced in the sixteenth century for the fine ruffs worn at that period, as well as for bands, kerchiefs, etc.; in modern times, the finest linen made. See batiste. An imitation of cambric is made of fine cotton yarn, hardtwisted. Muslin is a name often applied to a kind of linen cambric manufactured in Great Britain from flax.
    • n cambric Same as cambric-muslin, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cambric kām′brik a kind of fine white linen, originally manufactured at Cambrai in the French department of Nord.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. camerike, fr. Cambrai,Flemish Kamerik,), a city of France (formerly of Flanders), where it was first made

Usage

In literature:

Its place was supplied by ample frills of cambric lace, that puffed out over the breast.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
He then placed the touchpaper on an old cambric handkerchief.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
She was in the same cambric dress you admired.
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
The magic loop made its appearance; the quilting stood out in richness and majesty on the piece of cambric.
"Good Luck" by L. T. Meade
She took out a scrap of cambric, dried her eyes like magic, and began to flit about the garden, humming a light air under her breath.
"Frances Kane's Fortune" by L. T. Meade
She looked prettier than ever in her dark-blue cambric and large shady hat.
"Our Bessie" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Do you know, she did not go to bed until past one o'clock; she was finishing my blue cambric.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
If you don't mind my taking part of the milk for it, I could have milk-toast and we could drink cambric tea.
"A Dear Little Girl at School" by Amy E. Blanchard
Fold them in a piece of thin cambric, apply it to the part affected, and it will take out the bruise.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
At her throat and wrists are plain cambric frills.
"Holbein" by Beatrice Fortescue
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In poetry:

This humble cad she did refuse
With much contempt and loathing,
He wore a pair of leather shoes
And cambric underclothing!
"The Periwinkle Girl" by William Schwenck Gilbert