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From Arabic خَمْلَة (ḵamla, velvet), via Middle French to Middle English


camlet (countable and uncountable, plural camlets)

  1. A fine fabric made from wool (originally camel, but later goat) and silk.
  2. A garment made from such a fabric.
    • July 1, 1660, Samuel Pepys, Diary of Samuel Pepys
      This morning came home my fine Camlett cloak, with gold buttons, and a silk suit, which cost me much money, and I pray God to make me able to pay for it.
    • 1844, Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit, Chapter 4
      With this announcement he hurried away to the outer door of the Blue Dragon, and almost immediately returned with a companion shorter than himself, who was wrapped in an old blue camlet cloak with a lining of faded scarlet.
    • 1893, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Refugees, Chapter 3
      She was richly clad in a bodice of gold-coloured camlet and a skirt of gray silk trimmed with gold and silver lace.


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