Definitions

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

  • noun A printed and glazed cotton fabric, usually of bright colors.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Cotton cloth printed with flowers or other patterns in different colors, and now generally glazed.
  • noun A corruption of chinch.

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

  • noun Cotton cloth, printed with flowers and other devices, in a number of different colors, and often glazed.

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  • noun A painted or stained calico fabric, originally produced in India, and known for its brightly colored designs.

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

  • noun a brightly printed and glazed cotton fabric

Etymologies

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

[Obsolete chints, pl. of chint, chintz, from Hindi chīṭ, chīṁṭ, splash, pattern painted on cloth, chintz.]

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From Hindi छींट (chīṅṭ).

Examples

  • In America the term chintz includes cretonne and stamped linen.

    The Art of Interior Decoration

  • 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.

    Lord Bonkers: Agony uncle

  • Here is a drawing-room in chintz and French wallpaper, with the latest books lying on the centre table.

    Canadian Cities of Romance

  • 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.

    Tish

  • 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.

    The Romance of Isabel, Lady Burton

  • A Spanish title, too, dear, and means 'chintz' -- a

    Dorothy on a Ranch

  • The bed had a flat, perfectly fitted cover of the chintz, which is tucked under the mattress.

    The House in Good Taste

  • "The chintz is a little light; it will show marks almost as much as the paint, I'm afraid, duck," Mrs. Amber continued.

    Married Life The True Romance

  • 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.

    The Rectory Children

  • 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.

    Diary of Samuel Pepys — Complete 1663 N.S.

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  • LION

    (sings)

    Would be satin, and not cotton, and not

    chintz.

    I'd command each thing, be it fish or fowl

    July 9, 2010