or chal·lie, chal·ly

  1. 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. 2018

Examples from the Web for challis

Historical Examples of challis

  • Professor Challis points this out very conclusively in the Phil.

    Aether and Gravitation

    William George Hooper

  • "Mrs. Thornton is out in the garden, but I will call her," said Mrs. Challis—or I supposed it was she.

    Seek and Find

    Oliver Optic

  • Mrs. Challis, after I had paid her bill, continued to object to the departure of her boarder.

    Seek and Find

    Oliver Optic

  • The plan of search adopted by Professor Challis was an onerous one.

    The Story of the Heavens

    Robert Stawell Ball

  • Challis nodded his head and murmured: "Quite, quite," occasionally.

    The Wonder

    J. D. Beresford

British Dictionary definitions for challis


challie (ˈʃælɪ)

  1. 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 challis

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

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