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

  • n. A soft, lightweight, usually printed fabric made of wool, cotton, or rayon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a light, soft fabric having a printed design

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A soft and delicate woolen, or woolen and silk, fabric, for ladies' dresses.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name originally given to a choice fabric of silk and wool first manufactured at Norwich, England, about 1832.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a soft lightweight fabric (usually printed)


Possibly from the surname Challis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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