[sha-blee, shuh-, shah-, shab-lee; French sha-blee]

noun, plural Cha·blis [sha-bleez, shuh-, shah-, shab-leez; French sha-blee] /ʃæˈbliz, ʃə-, ʃɑ-, ˈʃæb liz; French ʃaˈbli/.

a dry white wine from the Burgundy region in France.
a similar wine produced elsewhere.

Origin of Chablis

First recorded in 1660–70; named after Chablis, a town in the region Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chablis

Historical Examples of chablis

  • "Chablis of the best, and ice, and mineral water," Wrayson ordered.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • And that pale sherry, and that Chablis, and that exquisite cup of Mocha?

    One Of Them

    Charles James Lever

  • He was sorry they were not oysters, but the Chablis, he could vouch for.

    Arthur O'Leary

    Charles James Lever

  • It was a clear amber-coloured liquid—may be Chablis, I thought.

    At the Court of the Amr

    John Alfred Gray

  • Silverstairs, after swallowing a glass of Chablis, meditatively lit a cigar.

    The Monster

    Edgar Saltus

British Dictionary definitions for chablis



(sometimes not capitals) a dry white burgundy wine made around Chablis, in central France
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for chablis



light, white Burgundy wine, 1660s, named for town of Chablis southeast of Paris. Made only of Chardonnay grapes. The French word chablis (16c.) is literally "deadwood," fallen from a tree through age or brought down by wind, short for bois chablis, from Old French *chableiz.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper