from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A closely woven cotton fabric used for sheets and clothing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fine, closely woven fabric, made from cotton, polyester or a mix of these, and used for sheets and clothing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fine cotton fabric, having a linen finish, and often printed on one side, -- used for women's and children's wear, and for bedsheets.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of French cambric, very closely and firmly woven, with a round thread, and containing more dressing than ordinary muslim, but without the glossy finish of dress or lining cambrics, made either white or printed. The soft-finished percale is an English manufacture, of less body than the French percale.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a fine closely woven cotton fabric
French, from Persian pargālah, rag.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French percale, of uncertain origin; probably compare percaulah. (Wiktionary)