or chal·lie, chal·ly
- 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
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Examples from the Web for challis
Professor Challis points this out very conclusively in the Phil.Aether and Gravitation
William George Hooper
"Mrs. Thornton is out in the garden, but I will call her," said Mrs. Challis—or I supposed it was she.
Mrs. Challis, after I had paid her bill, continued to object to the departure of her boarder.
The plan of search adopted by Professor Challis was an onerous one.The Story of the Heavens
Robert Stawell Ball
"The neighbours are not highly intelligent, I suspect," said Challis.The Wonder
J. D. Beresford
- a lightweight plain-weave fabric of wool, cotton, etc, usually with a printed design
C19: probably from a surname
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Word Origin and History for challis
type of fabric for ladies' dresses, 1849, of unknown origin, perhaps from the surname.
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