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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for challis
Historical Examples
  • 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.

    Seek and Find Oliver Optic
  • Mrs. challis, after I had paid her bill, continued to object to the departure of her boarder.

    Seek and Find Oliver Optic
  • 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
  • challis shifted his gaze from the cradle, and looked Stott in the face.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
  • There's more than you or any one sees, more than Mr. challis, even.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
  • challis was silent for a few moments, and it was Walters who took up the interrogatory.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
  • When he returned to England, challis shut himself up at Chilborough.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
  • The library at challis Court occupies a suite of three rooms.

    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
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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
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