Definition of chamois noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    noun (pl. chamois) Wild mammals
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  1. 1
    BrE BrE//ˈʃæmwɑː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃæmi//
    [countable] an animal like a small deer, that lives in the mountains of Europe and Asia See related entries: Wild mammals
  2. 2
    BrE BrE//ˈʃæmi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃæmi//
    (also shammy) (British English also chamois leather, shammy leather) [uncountable, countable] a type of soft leather, made from the skin of goats, sheep, etc.; a piece of this, used especially for cleaning windows
  3. 3
    BrE BrE//ˈʃæmi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃæmi//
    [uncountable] (North American English) a type of soft thick cotton cloth, used especially for making shirts
  4. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from French, of unknown ultimate origin.
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