- a closely woven, smooth-finished, plain or printed cotton cloth, used for bed sheets, clothing, etc.
Origin of percale
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Historical Examples of percale
Myra smoothed her hair and put on a fresh afternoon percale.
Bloomers can also be made from gingham, percale, galatea, or other cotton cloth.Clothing and Health
Two dressing-gowns, one in percale, the other in striped silk, six roubles.Marie
Fold the percale through the center, with the woof, and baste the edges together.Handicraft for Girls
She wore a percale gown, ecru ground with bright figures, a rose-colored cravat and a bonnet laden with flowers.L'Assommoir
- a close-textured woven cotton fabric, plain or printed, used esp for sheets
Word Origin for percale
1620s, name of a fabric imported from the East; in modern use, 1840, from French percale, perhaps ultimately from Persian pargalah "a rag."