American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A printed and glazed cotton fabric, usually of bright colors.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Cotton cloth printed with flowers or other patterns in different colors, and now generally glazed. Its production was formerly confined to the East Indies, but it is now largely manufactured in Europe, especially in Great Britain, where the glazed kind is also frequently called
furniture-print, from its extensive use in covering furniture, etc.
- n. A corruption of chinch.
- n. A painted or stained calico fabric, originally produced in India, and known for its brightly colored designs.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Cotton cloth, printed with flowers and other devices, in a number of different colors, and often glazed.
- n. a brightly printed and glazed cotton fabric
- From Hindi छींट (chīṅṭ). (Wiktionary)
- Obsolete chints, pl. of chint, calico cloth, from Hindi cīṇṭ, from Sanskrit citra-, shiny, variegated. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In America the term chintz includes cretonne and stamped linen.”
“At the time of the merger between the Liberals and the SDP, as I recall, Miss Fearn argued for the adoption of “something nice in chintz” as an alternative, but failed to secure the necessary support.”
“Here is a drawing-room in chintz and French wallpaper, with the latest books lying on the centre table.”
“That was how it happened that Bettina Bailey, sitting on Eliza Bailey's front piazza, decked out in chintz cushions, – the piazza, of course, – saw a dusty machine come up the drive and stop with a flourish at the steps.”
“They were clad in chintz turbans, resembling the Parsee headgear, and in long cotton coats, with shoes turned up at the toes, and short drawers or pyjamas.”
“A Spanish title, too, dear, and means 'chintz' -- a”
“The bed had a flat, perfectly fitted cover of the chintz, which is tucked under the mattress.”
“The chintz is a little light; it will show marks almost as much as the paint, I'm afraid, duck," Mrs. Amber continued.”
“One was of pretty pink glazed calico and of some other shiny stuff called 'chintz' -- white, with tiny lines of different colours; she also bought some red cotton velvet and neat-looking white spotted muslin, and several yards of very narrow lace of a very small and dainty pattern, and other things, all of which interested Alie very much indeed, though after a while Biddy got tired of looking on, and went and stood at the doorway of the shop.”
“He being gone, Creed, my wife, and I to Cornhill, and after many tryalls bought my wife a chintz, that is, a painted Indian callico, for to line her new study, which is very pretty.”
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