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
The term percale is actually used to describe the tightness of the weave with a thread count of two hundred being the minimum standard.
Some folk confuse the term percale as being a blend of cotton and polyester.
When you say the word percale, many think it is a type of fabric.
Mrs.X. and you occupy a very light bed, which has a tall canopy of red "percale;" the windows are smartly draped with cheap gaudy calicoes and muslins; there are little mean strips of carpet about the tiled floor of the room, and yet all seems as gay and as comfortable as may be -- the sun shines brighter than you have seen it for a year, the sky is a thousand times bluer, and what a cheery clatter of shrill quick French voices comes up from the court-yard under the windows!
Especially because if they had actually asked invited guests for two sets of 300-thread-count percale bedding or a dozen stemless wine glasses, for example, that would have been potentially awkward.
Their print Ikat, a soft percale saturated with primary colors, harkens back to the 1920s Constructivist period; the explosive, naïve floral Jar Ptitsa is from the era of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in Paris.
It certainly can provoke the same frenzied preparations, the choice of a simple, white percale dress, a special hairdo.
Among 100-percent-cotton percale sheets in our tests, some had a thread count of 400, but the highest-rated sheet had a thread count of 280.
How did they get from percale duvet covers to this?
We all tied squares of five-hundred-count white percale over our mouths and noses.