or chal·lie, chal·ly

[ shal-ee ]
/ ˈʃæl i /


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 chally

  • She was in her chally gown, with her cameo pin and her string of coral.

    Miss Lulu Bett|Zona Gale
  • And one morning I heard him protest that the man who would say that his friend Chally had made him ill was a wizard.

    Lost in the Jungle|Paul Du Chaillu
  • There was also a little parcel of dried fish, which Querlaouen's wife had sent specially to her friend Chally.

    Lost in the Jungle|Paul Du Chaillu
  • They looked at me as if they would have said, "What's the matter with Chally, he looks so excited?"

    Lost in the Jungle|Paul Du Chaillu

British Dictionary definitions for chally


challie (ˈʃælɪ)

/ (ˈʃælɪ, -lɪs) /


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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