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or chal·lie, chal·ly

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  1. 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

Historical Examples

  • They looked at me as if they would have said, "What's the matter with Chally, he looks so excited?"

    Lost in the Jungle

    Paul Du Chaillu

  • 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.

    Lost in the Jungle

    Paul Du Chaillu

  • And one morning I heard him protest that the man who would say that his friend Chally had made him ill was a wizard.

    Lost in the Jungle

    Paul Du Chaillu

British Dictionary definitions for chally


challie (ˈʃælɪ)

  1. a lightweight plain-weave fabric of wool, cotton, etc, usually with a printed design

Word Origin

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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