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[sha-blee, shuh-, shah-, shab-lee; French sha-blee] /ʃæˈbli, ʃə-, ʃɑ-, ˈʃæb li; French ʃaˈbli/
noun, plural Chablis
[sha-bleez, shuh-, shah-, shab-leez; French sha-blee] /ʃæˈbliz, ʃə-, ʃɑ-, ˈʃæb liz; French ʃaˈbli/ (Show IPA)
a dry white wine from the Burgundy region in France.
a similar wine produced elsewhere.
Origin of Chablis
First recorded in 1660-70; named after Chablis, a town in the region Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Here the waiter brought the oysters and the Chablis, and Duplessis retired to his own table.

    The Parisians, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • And that pale sherry, and that Chablis, and that exquisite cup of Mocha?

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • A diet of Chablis and oysters disagreed at first with a stomach used to whelks and gingerbeer.

    Cornish Saints and Sinners J. Henry Harris
  • He was sorry they were not oysters, but the Chablis, he could vouch for.

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
  • He ate a small portion of langouste with an exquisite salad, and drank a single glass of Chablis.

    Mademoiselle of Monte Carlo William Le Queux
  • It was a clear amber-coloured liquid—may be Chablis, I thought.

    At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray
  • Over this pour a third of a cup of vinegar, and when the liquid is all absorbed, add half a glass of Chablis and a cup of stock.

  • Silverstairs, after swallowing a glass of Chablis, meditatively lit a cigar.

    The Monster Edgar Saltus
  • But, without sacrilege, Chablis or Graves, or Sauterne may take its place.

    The Feasts of Autolycus Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • Under the influence of Chablis, the Californians become intimate.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas Richard Henry Savage
British Dictionary definitions for Chablis


/ˈʃæblɪ; French ʃabli/
(sometimes not capitals) a dry white burgundy wine made around Chablis, in central France
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Chablis

light, white Burgundy wine, 1660s, named for town of Chablis southeast of Paris. Made only of Chardonnay grapes. The French word chablis (16c.) is literally "deadwood," fallen from a tree through age or brought down by wind, short for bois chablis, from Old French *chableiz.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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