- a printed cotton fabric, glazed or unglazed, used especially for draperies.
- a painted or stained calico from India.
Origin of chintz
Examples from the Web for chintz
Historical Examples of chintz
Besides, I have no fancy for that ferret-faced Chintz becoming one of our party.
“Take this plug and give him a rub down, Chintz,” said Iredale.
But what would Chirsty be doin' gettin' the chintz an' the fender in that case?A Window in Thrums
J. M. Barrie
Pen had achieved the homelike with some chintz hangings and a rug.Still Jim
Honor Willsie Morrow
And my two nieces are next door, I see, as gay as chintz can make them.The Light of Scarthey
- a printed, patterned cotton fabric, with glazed finish
- a painted or stained Indian calico
Word Origin for chintz
1719, plural of chint (1610s), from Hindi chint, from Sanskrit chitra-s "clear, bright" (cf. cheetah). The plural (the more common form of the word in commercial use) became regarded as singular by late 18c., and for unknown reason shifted -s to -z; perhaps after quartz. Disparaging sense, from the commonness of the fabric, is first recorded 1851 in George Eliot (in chintzy).