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 chally
They looked at me as if they would have said, "What's the matter with Chally, he looks so excited?"
She was in her chally gown, with her cameo pin and her string of coral.
Her starched white skirt, throwing her chally in ugly lines, revealed a peeping rim of white embroidery.
There was also a little parcel of dried fish, which Querlaouen's wife had sent specially to her friend Chally.
And one morning I heard him protest that the man who would say that his friend Chally had made him ill was a wizard.
- 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 chally
type of fabric for ladies' dresses, 1849, of unknown origin, perhaps from the surname.
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