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
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Examples from the Web for challie
It too is used for dress goods and costs about the same as challie, 50 cents to $1 per yard.Clothing and Health
- a lightweight plain-weave fabric of wool, cotton, etc, usually with a printed design
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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