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[chints] /tʃɪnts/
a printed cotton fabric, glazed or unglazed, used especially for draperies.
a painted or stained calico from India.
Origin of chintz
1605-15; earlier chints, plural of chint < Gujarati chī̃ṭ Unabridged
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  • Besides, I have no fancy for that ferret-faced chintz becoming one of our party.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • “Take this plug and give him a rub down, chintz,” said Iredale.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • But what would Chirsty be doin' gettin' the chintz an' the fender in that case?

    A Window in Thrums

    J. M. Barrie
  • Pen had achieved the homelike with some chintz hangings and a rug.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • And my two nieces are next door, I see, as gay as chintz can make them.

    The Light of Scarthey

    Egerton Castle
  • "The oak and the chintz rooms, I suppose," Sophia timidly suggested.

    The Light of Scarthey

    Egerton Castle
  • I only possess these three, and they must stay where they are to hide the patches in the chintz.

    The Fortunes of the Farrells Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • Very pretty it was, but simply furnished, with chintz draperies.

    Kenelm Chillingly, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • "The knife does beautifully," cried the voice of the chintz Imp.

    Soap-Bubble Stories Fanny Barry
  • “You knew I was meaning to make a frock with chintz roses on it,” said Diva.

    Miss Mapp Edward Frederic Benson
British Dictionary definitions for chintz


a printed, patterned cotton fabric, with glazed finish
a painted or stained Indian calico
Word Origin
C17: from Hindi chīnt, from Sanskrit citra gaily-coloured
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Word Origin and History for chintz

1719, plural of chint (1610s), from Hindi chint, from Sanskrit chitra-s "clear, bright" (cf. cheetah). The plural (the more common form of the word in commercial use) became regarded as singular by late 18c., and for unknown reason shifted -s to -z; perhaps after quartz. Disparaging sense, from the commonness of the fabric, is first recorded 1851 in George Eliot (in chintzy).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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