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Sunday, September 08, 2013

Definitions for chambray

  1. a fine cloth of cotton, silk, or linen, commonly of plain weave with a colored warp and white weft.

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Citations for chambray
On the way out the door, I noticed a video of Kamprad, in a chambray shirt and gold chain, playing on a nearby screen. Lauren Collins, "House Perfect," The New Yorker, Oct. 3, 2008
He wears blue jeans and a chambray work shirt over a turtleneck, and the yellow corduroy sport jacket is warm there under the lights, but he knows he needs the pockets. Peter LaSalle, Tell Borges If You See Him, 2007
Origin of chambray
Chambray is an Americanism that arose in the early 1800s. It's a variant of the word cambric, which is named for the city in Northern France, Cambrai via the Dutch word Kameryk.