Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


or challie, chally

[shal-ee] /ˈʃæl i/
a soft fabric of plain weave in wool, cotton, rayon, or other staple fiber, either in a solid color or, more often, a small print.
Origin of challis
First recorded in 1840-50; perhaps after Challis, a surname Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for challis
Historical Examples
  • To which challis replied, with vexation in his voice: "I could have forgiven you more than that."

    It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan
  • Professor challis points this out very conclusively in the Phil.

    Aether and Gravitation William George Hooper
  • Mr. Brownrigg was honestly sorry to lose the opportunity of showing Mr. challis those extracts from Graubosch.

    It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan
  • "Mrs. Thornton is out in the garden, but I will call her," said Mrs. challis—or I supposed it was she.

    Seek and Find Oliver Optic
  • As Mrs. challis might be out, she would prefer to give a month's warning forthwith.

    It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan
  • The plan of search adopted by Professor challis was an onerous one.

    The Story of the Heavens Robert Stawell Ball
  • It seemed to me, in my young days, that it was the grandest thing in the world to be a challis.

    For Faith and Freedom Walter Besant
  • "The neighbours are not highly intelligent, I suspect," said challis.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
  • I gave up the hopeless task at last, and sought out challis again.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
  • challis shifted his gaze from the cradle, and looked Stott in the face.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
British Dictionary definitions for challis


/ˈʃælɪ; -lɪs/
a lightweight plain-weave fabric of wool, cotton, etc, usually with a printed design
Word Origin
C19: probably from a surname
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for challis

type of fabric for ladies' dresses, 1849, of unknown origin, perhaps from the surname.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for challis

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for challis

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for challis