noun, often capitalized
as·​tra·​khan | \ ˈa-strə-kən How to pronounce astrakhan (audio) , -ˌkan \

Definition of astrakhan

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : karakul of Russian origin
2 : a cloth with a usually wool, curled, and looped pile resembling karakul


geographical name
As·​tra·​khan | \ ˈa-strə-ˌkan How to pronounce Astrakhan (audio) , -kən \

Definition of Astrakhan (Entry 2 of 2)

city in Russia in Europe on the Volga River at the head of its delta population 512,000

Examples of astrakhan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For further proof, consider the gorgeous coats in Haider Ackermann’s final Berluti collection, or the glossy, rounded astrakhan coat at Dior Men pre-fall. Emily Farra, Vogue, "10 Trends We Expect to See in Men’s Street Style This Year," 2 Jan. 2019 There was also plenty of leopard, Dalmatian dots, and a mock astrakhan print in the lineup. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "10 Key Things to Know From Riccardo Tisci’s 134-Look Burberry Debut," 17 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of astrakhan


1766, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for astrakhan


Astrakhan, Russia

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“Astrakhan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of astrakhan

: a type of curly black fur that comes from a young sheep also : a cloth that resembles such fur

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