- 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
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And for their help Mrs. Chambray and the doctor were to receive a handsome sum.The Mystery of Mary
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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
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The plain blues and pinks are chambray; the plain blues and pinks of cheaper grade are ginghams.Clothing and Health
Chambray is a staple fabric of many years standing, being next in rank among cotton goods after the better grade of gingham.
Chambray is a light-weight single cloth fabric that is always woven with a plain weave, and always has a white selvedge.
- a smooth light fabric of cotton, linen, etc, with white weft and a coloured warp
C19: after Cambrai; see cambric
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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