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
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.
Mrs. Challis, after I had paid her bill, continued to object to the departure of her boarder.
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
- a lightweight plain-weave fabric of wool, cotton, etc, usually with a printed design
Word Origin for challis
type of fabric for ladies' dresses, 1849, of unknown origin, perhaps from the surname.