chambray

[ sham-brey ]
/ ˈʃæm breɪ /
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noun

a fine cloth of cotton, silk, or linen, commonly of plain weave with a colored warp and white weft.

Nearby words

  1. chambers, whittaker,
  2. chambersburg,
  3. chambertin,
  4. chambly,
  5. chambord,
  6. chambré,
  7. chambéry,
  8. chameleon,
  9. chametz,
  10. chamfer

Origin of chambray

1805–15, Americanism; variant of cambric

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British Dictionary definitions for chambray

chambray

/ (ˈʃæmbreɪ) /

noun

a smooth light fabric of cotton, linen, etc, with white weft and a coloured warp

Word Origin for chambray

C19: after Cambrai; see cambric

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Word Origin and History for chambray

chambray

n.

1814, American English, alteration of Cambrai, city in France (formerly Flanders) where the cloth originally was made. Cf. cambric.

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