cash·​mere | \ˈkazh-ˌmir, ˈkash-\

Definition of cashmere 

1 : fine wool from the undercoat of the cashmere goat also : a yarn of this wool

2 : a soft twilled fabric made originally from cashmere

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Paris’s Acne Studios makes a circular-swirl navy or turquoise swimsuit; California’s Elder Statesman offers high-end, cashmere takes on tie-dye sweaters; more affordably, Champion and Mollusk’s crew necks are restricted to single-shade splotches. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Over Gingham Shirts? This Summer, Try Tie-Dye. Seriously.," 15 May 2018 Baby Lounge’s Gavin the Goat cashmere baby blanket comes in a box built for a baby’s keepsakes. Melissa Magsaysay,, "Mother's Day gift guide: Show mom how much you care by giving her one of these gifts," 3 May 2018 The good ones come in pretty colors and feel soft, like cashmere between my fingers. Sam Gillette,, "Author Speaks Out After Learning She Has Autism at 45: 'I Finally Knew Why I Was Different'," 27 Mar. 2018 In all those cashmeres and wools, Hammer literally a soft boy. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Calling All Softboys: There’s a Tender New Trend in Menswear," 29 Mar. 2018 Pop into Jessie Black and try resisting the urge to buy one of the designer's delectable cashmere throws. Genevieve Mimeault, ELLE Decor, "The Ultimate Travel Guide For A Coastal California Road Trip," 24 Oct. 2016 Overgrazing is a major cause of pastureland degradation, especially by the voracious and sharp-hooved goats whose numbers have exploded to supply the valuable trade in cashmere. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Mongolia’s nomadic way of life threatened by climate change, neglect, modernity," 8 July 2018 Robin Weigert plays Verena Baptist, a charismatic leader in ivory cashmere, who reveals to Plum that her mother, the successful inventor of a famously restrictive diet course, was a depressive who knew her own plan was sadistic and unsustainable. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "On AMC, ‘Dietland’ serves up a revenge fantasy for the era of MeToo.," 12 June 2018 This cashmere and wool sweater from The Row retails for $890 but was purchased at the GW Goodwill boutique on Wilkinson Boulevard for $8.99. Cristina B Bolling, charlotteobserver, "One super-shopper reveals her 5 best finds in Charlotte. Have you been to all these stores?," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of cashmere

1684, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cashmere

Cashmere (Kashmir)

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The first known use of cashmere was in 1684

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English Language Learners Definition of cashmere

: fine wool from a kind of goat from India

: a soft fabric made from cashmere wool


cash·​mere | \ˈkazh-ˌmir, ˈkash-\

Kids Definition of cashmere

: a soft yarn or fabric once made from the fine wool of an Indian goat but now often from sheep's wool

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