- a velvety cord or yarn of silk or worsted, for embroidery, fringes, etc.
- fabric made with a fringed silken thread used as the weft in combination with wool or cotton.
- any fabric with a protruding pile, as in certain rayon bedspreads.
- a deep-pile, durable, woolen carpeting with chenille weft: the most expensive power-loomed floor covering.
Origin of chenille
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Examples from the Web for chenille
The chenille must pass through the material freely, so as not to draw it.The Ladies' Work-Table Book
A not very promising substance to embroider with is chenille.Art in Needlework
Lewis F. Day
The boy added that the chenille was so ugly that it was without doubt German and no good.The A.E.F.
Portières may be made of cloth, of knotted cords, or chenille.Primary Handwork
Ella Victoria Dobbs
She held up a string of chenille monkeys, and danced them up and down.Hildegarde's Harvest
Laura E. Richards
- a thick soft tufty silk or worsted velvet cord or yarn used in embroidery and for trimmings, etc
- a fabric of such yarn
- a rich and hard-wearing carpet of such fabric
C18: from French, literally: hairy caterpillar, from Latin canicula, diminutive of canis dog
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Word Origin and History for chenille
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