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.

Nearby words

  1. challenge,
  2. challenge diet,
  3. challenged,
  4. challenger,
  5. challenging,
  6. chalmers,
  7. chalon-sur-saône,
  8. chalone,
  9. chalukya,
  10. chalumeau

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

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British Dictionary definitions for challis


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 challis



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

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