[ chints ]
/ tʃɪnts /


a printed cotton fabric, glazed or unglazed, used especially for draperies.
a painted or stained calico from India.

Nearby words

  1. chinook jargon,
  2. chinook salmon,
  3. chinookan,
  4. chinos,
  5. chinquapin,
  6. chintzy,
  7. chinwag,
  8. chinwangtao,
  9. chiné,
  10. chioggia

Origin of chintz

1605–15; earlier chints, plural of chint < Gujarati chī̃ṭ Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chintz


/ (tʃɪnts) /


a printed, patterned cotton fabric, with glazed finish
a painted or stained Indian calico

Word Origin for chintz

C17: from Hindi chīnt, from Sanskrit citra gaily-coloured

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Word Origin and History 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).

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