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

Origin of chambray

1805–15, Americanism; variant of cambric Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chambray

Historical Examples of chambray

  • And for their help Mrs. Chambray and the doctor were to receive a handsome sum.

    The Mystery of Mary

    Grace Livingston Hill

  • He was crudely buried by the Germans where he fell, near Chambray, and a rude cross set up to mark the place.

    The War Romance of the Salvation Army

    Evangeline Booth and Grace Livingston Hill

  • The plain blues and pinks are chambray; the plain blues and pinks of cheaper grade are ginghams.

  • Chambray is a staple fabric of many years standing, being next in rank among cotton goods after the better grade of gingham.


    William H. Dooley

  • Chambray is a light-weight single cloth fabric that is always woven with a plain weave, and always has a white selvedge.


    William H. Dooley

British Dictionary definitions for chambray



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

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

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