me·​ri·​no | \ mə-ˈrē-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce merino (audio) \
plural merinos

Definition of merino

1 : any of a breed of fine-wooled white sheep originating in Spain and producing a heavy fleece of exceptional quality
2 : a soft wool or wool and cotton clothing fabric resembling cashmere
3 : a fine wool and cotton yarn used for hosiery and knitwear

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merino adjective

Examples of merino in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This midweight sweatshirt is made with their breathable Cool-Lite fabric – a blend of silky merino and TENCEL – which is designed to feel luxurious while naturally regulating your body’s microclimate. Lois Alter Mark, Forbes, 1 June 2021 That means merino is lightweight and super soft, even on sensitive skin. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, 19 May 2021 The merino adds a softness that’s missing from Surpass and fights stink better, too. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, 19 May 2021 Look for those made of polyester, nylon, Spandex, or merino wool. Emily Shiffer, SELF, 24 Feb. 2021 Plain wool is warm but is usually thicker—and potentially itchier—than merino legging. Field & Stream, 20 Jan. 2021 The brand’s Japanese merino Henley, touted to regularly sell out, has inherent moisture-wicking qualities, keeping body temperature regulated whether the wearer is indoors or using it as a layer in colder climates. Rachel King, Fortune, 2 Nov. 2020 Brown points out that the T-shirt won’t need to be washed as often as a result; the same is true of merino, which is known for its odor-resistant, temperature-regulating properties. Emily Farra, Vogue, 20 Oct. 2020 Check out the SmartWool merino bottoms that complete the outfit. Popular Science, 15 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of merino

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Merino.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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me·​ri·​no | \ mə-ˈrē-nō How to pronounce merino (audio) \
plural merinos

Kids Definition of merino

1 : a sheep of a breed that produces a heavy fleece of white fine wool
2 : a fine wool and cotton yarn

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Nglish: Translation of merino for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about merino


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