from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fine, plain-woven fabric made from various fibers and used especially for clothing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fine cloth made from cotton or linen; cambric.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Originally, cambric or lawn of fine linen; now applied also to cloth of similar texture made of cotton.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fine linen cloth made in Flanders and Picardy, of three different kinds or thicknesses; a kind of cambric.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a thin plain-weave cotton or linen fabric; used for shirts or dresses


French, from Old French, perhaps after Baptiste of Cambrai, 13th-century textile maker.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French batiste, a form of Baptiste, of disputed origin (“according to Littré and Scheler from the alleged original maker, Baptiste of Cambray; according to others, from its use in wiping the heads of children after baptism” – OED). (Wiktionary)



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