[ pur-kuh-leen ]
/ ˌpɜr kəˈlin /


a fine, lightweight cotton fabric, usually finished with a gloss and dyed in one color, used especially for linings.

Origin of percaline

From French, dating back to 1855–60; see origin at percale, -ine2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for percaline

  • Percaline is used chiefly for feminine wearing apparel, principally for linings, petticoats, etc.

    Textiles|William H. Dooley
  • The frame was covered with a kind of cloth called “percaline.”

    The Scientific American Boy|A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond

British Dictionary definitions for percaline

/ (ˈpɜːkəˌliːn, -lɪn) /


a fine light cotton fabric, used esp for linings

Word Origin for percaline

C19: from French; see percale
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