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[kam-lit] /ˈkæm lɪt/
a durable, waterproof cloth, especially for outerwear.
apparel made of this material.
a rich fabric of medieval Asia believed to have been made of camel's hair or angora wool.
verb (used with object), camletted, camletting.
to decorate (fabric, book edges, etc.) with a colorful, marbled design.
Origin of camlet
1350-1400; Middle English camelet < Middle French, perhaps < Arabic khamlah kind of plush fabric, akin to khaml nap, pile Unabridged
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  • camlet suits me better than brocade, and a basket of fresh eggs better than a gold-enamelled snuff-box.

    Stray Pearls Charlotte M. Yonge
  • I detain you a moment at the words "scarlet of Cyprus, or camlet."

    Val d'Arno John Ruskin
  • The breeches were of camlet, but only as far as appeared, for all the rest was of red baize.

  • camlet, kam′let, n. a cloth originally made of camel's hair, but now chiefly of wool and goat's hair.

  • Gertrude had not changed her dress; perhaps she did not think it worth while to honour people who dressed in say and camlet.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • The guard paid no attention, but continued methodically to hand out, one by one, the packages labelled to camlet.

    Crome Yellow Aldous Huxley
  • camlet: A class of fine-grained material of worsted or mohair and silk, sometimes figured, sometimes “watered.”

  • Cam′eleer, one who drives or rides a camel; Cam′eline, camlet.

  • Once at the top of the long hill which led up from camlet station, he felt his spirits mounting.

    Crome Yellow Aldous Huxley
  • Upon this the Custos was laid, with a horse-blanket spread beneath, and his camlet cloak thrown over him.

    The Maroon Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for camlet


a tough waterproof cloth
a garment or garments made from such cloth
a soft woollen fabric used in medieval Asia
Word Origin
C14: from Old French camelot, perhaps from Arabic hamlat plush fabric
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