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[keym-brik] /ˈkeɪm brɪk/
a thin, plain cotton or linen fabric of fine close weave, usually white.
1520-30; earlier cameryk, after Kameryk, Dutch name of Cambrai Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cambric
  • Added varnished-cambric tape for making re-enterable splices and connections.
  • If the dresses are hung in a closet or room, they should always be covered with a cambric curtain.
  • These patterns are of tissue paper, heavy paper, or cambric of two different colors.
  • Fine thin cambric bleached on a lawn, instead of the ordinary bleaching grounds.
  • Marguerite folded her mantle over her cambric dressing-gown, all bespattered with small red.
British Dictionary definitions for cambric


a fine white linen or cotton fabric
Word Origin
C16: from Flemish KamerijkCambrai
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Word Origin and History for cambric

late 14c., from Kamerijk, Flemish form of Cambrai, city in northern France where the cloth was originally made, from Latin Camaracum. The modern form of the English word has elements from both versions of the name.

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Encyclopedia Article for cambric

lightweight, closely woven, plain cotton cloth first made in Cambrai, France, and originally a fine linen fabric. Printed cambric was used in London by 1595 for bands, cuffs, and ruffs. Modern cambric is made from choice American or Egyptian cotton, with both warp and weft, or filling, yarns ranging from 60 to 80 in size (count), and is usually lightly calendered to produce a slight gloss on one side.

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