Definition of chamois
chamoixplay \sense 1 ˈsha-mē(z) or sham-ˈwä(z), senses 2 & 3 ˈsha-mēz\
1 : either of two small, agile, goatlike bovids (Rupicapra rupicapra and R. pyrenaica) of mountainous regions from southern Europe to the Caucasus that are often hunted for their meat and hide
2 or less commonly chammyplay or shammy \ˈsha-mē\ : a soft pliant leather prepared from the skin of the chamois or from sheepskin
3 : a cotton fabric made in imitation of chamois leather
Examples of chamois in a Sentence
a bucket of water and a chamois
Recent Examples of chamois from the Web
Town of Brookfield — Bring on the oxford cloth, the chamois shirts, the woodsy plaids equally at home on the trail or at a family reunion on Narragansett Bay.
Two young women in white chamois robes exited the Himalayan salt sauna at Premier57, a spa in Midtown Manhattan, looking rosy and happily spent.
The crotch is padded and incorporates a chamois, the waistband can be tightened, there’s a cellphone pocket on the side and a key pocket hidden within.
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Origin and Etymology of chamois
Medieval French, from Late Latin camox
First Known Use: 1560See Words from the same year
CHAMOIS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of chamois for English Language Learners
: a small animal that looks like a goat and that lives on mountains in Europe and western Asia
: soft leather that is made from the skin of goats, sheep, or chamois
: a piece of chamois used especially for cleaning windows and cars
CHAMOIS Defined for Kids
Definition of chamois for Students
1 : a goatlike animal of the mountains of Europe and Asia
2 : a soft yellowish leather made from the skin of the chamois or from sheepskin
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