American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A soft, lightweight, usually printed fabric made of wool, cotton, or rayon.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name originally given to a choice fabric of silk and wool first manufactured at Norwich, England, about 1832. It was thin, soft, line, and without gloss. The name is now applied to a fabric resembling muslin-de-laiue, a light all-wool material, woven without twill, and either plain or figured. French challis is sometimes made with a glossy finish resembling that of alpaca.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A soft and delicate woolen, or woolen and silk, fabric, for ladies' dresses.
- n. a soft lightweight fabric (usually printed)
- Possibly from the surname Challis. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The unlined wool challis on the roman shades allows extra light in the room, the fabric's texture enhanced by the incoming sun.”
“It seems wonderfully natural and without vanity that he takes the Eucharist from a splendid golden challis but blesses the babies, the brides, grooms and the dearly departed from a salsa bottle.”
“Does anyone out there know where to get challis these days?”
“I have another one like this too that needs challis.”
“Ai thort it wus teh challis form teh pallis has teh poshun taht is poysun and teh flagun wiv teh dragun holds teh bru taht is tru!”
“Abigail wore a square-necked gown of white challis; John appeared in a dark blue coat, contrasting light breeches and white stockings, a gold-embroidered satin waistcoat his mother had made for the occasion, and buckle shoes.”
“But before I left the store, I gathered my courage, put down the earnings from my waitressing job, and bought three yards of the floral challis, while cringing at the price.”
“Is taht teh challis form teh paliss wiv teh bru taht is tru?”
“Best viewed with a challis of medium bodied red wine and bread - say a fresh baguette from Ouderkirk & Taylor at 3 Wyndham Street.”
“I had the fortune of making a dress exactly as you are imagining last summer out of a bright blue floral challis.”
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Woven, knit and tatted fabrics. Other kinds of cloth, such as tapa and chamois are not included.
types of fabric
A list from the 1911 edition of "Words: Their Spelling, Pronunciation, Definition, Application" by the Gregg Publishing Company.
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