cambric late 14c., from Kamerijk, Flemish form of Cambrai, city in northern France where the cloth was originally made, from L. Camaracum.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

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  • cambric — cam bric (k[a^]m br[i^]k), n. [OE. camerike, fr. Cambrai (Flemish Kamerik), a city of France (formerly of Flanders), where it was first made.] 1. A fine, thin, and white fabric made of flax or linen. [1913 Webster] He hath ribbons of all the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cambric — (engl., spr. kehm ), s.v.w. Kammertuch (s.d.) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • cambric — meaning a fine white linen, is pronounced kam brik, or sometimes kaym brik …   Modern English usage

  • cambric — ► NOUN ▪ a lightweight, closely woven white linen or cotton fabric. ORIGIN named after the town of Cambrai in northern France; compare with CHAMBRAY(Cf. ↑chambray) …   English terms dictionary

  • cambric — [kām′brik] n. [after Kamerÿk, Fl name of Cambrai, city in N France, where orig. made < L Camaracum] 1. a very fine, thin linen 2. a cotton cloth that is like this …   English World dictionary

  • Cambric — Statue in Cambrai of Baptiste Chambray, the improbable inventor of the eponymous fabrics, batiste and chambray …   Wikipedia

  • cambric — /kaym brik/, n. a thin, plain cotton or linen fabric of fine close weave, usually white. [1520 30; earlier cameryk, after Kameryk, D name of CAMBRAI] * * * ▪ textile       lightweight, closely woven, plain cotton cloth first made in Cambrai,… …   Universalium

  • cambric — noun A finely woven fabric made originally from linen but often now from cotton. Scotch cambric, now largely manufactured, is a kind of imitation cambric, made from fine hard twisted cotton. Syn: batiste …   Wiktionary

  • cambric — noun Etymology: Dutch Kamerijk Cambrai, France Date: 1530 1. a fine thin white linen fabric 2. a cotton fabric that resembles cambric …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Cambric — A fine, white kind of linen, made at Cambrai in Flanders. Cf. Sindon …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases