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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for challie

Historical Examples of challie

  • It too is used for dress goods and costs about the same as challie, 50 cents to $1 per yard.

British Dictionary definitions for challie


challie (ˈʃælɪ)


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

Word Origin for challis

C19: probably from a surname
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Word Origin and History for challie



type of fabric for ladies' dresses, 1849, of unknown origin, perhaps from the surname.

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