Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A lightweight wool or worsted twill fabric, used chiefly for coat linings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fabric of tightly woven wool, mainly used for the linings of articles of clothing.
  • n. A band for tying the tail of a wig, made of such material.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A thin, loosely woven, twilled worsted stuff.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A light woolen stuff used for the linings of coats and for women's dresses.

Etymologies

French chalon, after Châlons-sur-Marne .
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • "Akeelah" is touted on the sleeves slipped onto the Starbucks cups (it sells 4 million beverages daily), emblazoned with obscure words like "shalloon," a lightweight wool fabric used for coat linings.

    A Starbucks Jolt to the Big Screen

  • SPEAKS GOOD ENGLISH, is remarkably tall and stout made, has a large mark on her right cheek where she has been burnt; she had on her a blue negro cloth jacket and coat, a blue shalloon gown, a red and white cotton handkerchief round her head, a blue and white ditto about her neck, and a pair of men's shoes, and a ditto men's clowded stockings.

    The Journal of Negro History, Volume 1, January 1916

  • E E E are each priming charges of seven grains of pistol powder, made up in shalloon bags to insure the ignition of the bursting charge, which is in a bag of serge and shalloon beneath.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 586, March 26, 1887

  • The bed in a corner was hung in blue shalloon over ruffled white muslin, and there was blue at the windows.

    The Three Black Pennys A Novel

  • We could see at every house a tenter, and on almost every tenter a piece of cloth or kersie or shalloon ....

    The Armies of Labor A chronicle of the organized wage-earners

  • I have little further to say of Mr Knapps, except that he wore a black shalloon loose coat; on the left sleeve of which he wiped his pen, and upon the right, but too often, his ever-snivelling nose.

    Jacob Faithful

  • It was comfortably hung with a sort of warm-coloured worsted, manufactured in Scotland, approaching in trexture to what is now called shalloon.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • You must also send me a fine cloth jockey coat of same colour with the wastecoat & breeches, lin'd with a fine shalloon of same colour & trim'd plain, onely a button with same sort of that with the wastecoat, but propor - tionably bigger.

    Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society

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