Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a light, soft fabric having a printed design

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

  • noun a soft lightweight fabric (usually printed)

Etymologies

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

[Possibly from the surname Challis.]

Examples

  • The unlined wool challis on the roman shades allows extra light in the room, the fabric's texture enhanced by the incoming sun.

    Rooms With a Viewpoint

  • 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.

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  • The unlined wool challis on the roman shades allows extra light in the room, the fabric's texture enhanced by the incoming sun.

    Rooms With a Viewpoint

  • 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.

    Small Brown Bishops

  • 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.

    History of American Women

  • 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.

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  • Does anyone out there know where to get challis these days?

    We'll Always Have Paris - A Dress A Day

  • 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.

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  • I have another one like this too that needs challis.

    We'll Always Have Paris - A Dress A Day

  • 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!

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