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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Other Words from merino

merino adjective

Examples of merino in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Check out the SmartWool merino bottoms that complete the outfit. Popular Science, "Three cozy layers for a weekend outside," 15 Sep. 2020 Is there a difference between the synthetic materials and the merino wool? Matt Gross, Sunset Magazine, "You Know What’s Getting Me Through the Pandemic? Socks.," 13 May 2020 Like many Allbirds shoes, they’re made with merino wool and have a castor bean insole to cushion your foot and minimize odor (they're meant to be worn sans socks). Madison Flager, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Best Slippers for Women, Since That's All We're Wearing These Days," 4 May 2020 Say hello to the cotton-merino short-sleeve cardigan. Elizabeth Buxton,, "WFH Break: We Tried Everlane’s New Spring Cardigan," 18 Mar. 2020 Plus, the sock, by virtue of its merino, wicks moisture well and proved durable thanks to its tight, dense knit, showing no wear throughout our testing. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "Plenty Comfortable and Good Looking to Boot, These are the Best Hiking Socks," 23 Sep. 2019 The moisture-wicking properties of the merino blend prevented my feet from sitting in a puddle of cold sweat, keeping them dryer and warmer. Christa Sgobba, SELF, "I Finally Found Running Socks That Fit, and I Haven’t Had a Blister Since," 21 Feb. 2020 The rest of the glove is the merino wool-synthetic blend the company is famous for. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "The Army Found a Way to Keep Your Hands Warm Without Gloves," 14 Jan. 2020 Cashmere and merino knits will keep you cozy and warm without irritating your skin. Juno Demelo, Glamour, "8 Women With Psoriasis Share How They Keep Their Skin in Check," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of merino

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Merino.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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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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