che·​nille | \ shə-ˈnēl How to pronounce chenille (audio) \

Definition of chenille

1 : a wool, cotton, silk, or rayon yarn with protruding pile also : a pile-face fabric with a filling of this yarn
2 : an imitation of chenille yarn or fabric

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Recent Examples on the Web Cotton-batting ornaments included Victorian scraps for detail, along with chenille armature and perhaps tinsel. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "The Christmas pageantry begins: Yenke Peddler antiques," 24 Dec. 2020 To mimic the rice’s texture, Okuboyejo used chenille on jackets and pants. Nick Marino, New York Times, "A Designer’s Endlessly Adaptable Nigerian Stew," 20 Nov. 2020 The exhibition includes reticules embroidered with a wreath of flowers, edged with gold lace and decorated with chenille tassels. Peter Saenger, WSJ, "The Things They Carried," 13 Nov. 2020 The chenille brings a touch of super softness to an everyday piece. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, "The coziest sweaters under $50," 11 Nov. 2020 The head can be made in different ways; orange or yellow chenille is common, as are plastic beads. Field & Stream, "The 10 Best Trout Flies for Late Fall Fishing," 13 Oct. 2020 Now, for the first time, B&B Italia is rereleasing the 19-piece modular system, in fabric and leather, including this corduroy chenille, providing, in these uncertain times, the perfect living-room refuge. Nancy Hass, New York Times, "A Sculptural Sofa, Rereleased for the First Time," 28 Aug. 2020 Body configurations vary, too, including curly-tail soft plastic grubs, tube lure styles, and ones with chenille bodies and wispy marabou tails. Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, "The 9 Best Crappie Lures Ever Made," 22 May 2020 With rubber legs galore, a squirrel tail wing and a squishy chenille body, the bream killer looks like the love child between a hellgrammite and a tarantula. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "The Best Flies for Catching Panfish," 12 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of chenille

circa 1739, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chenille

French, literally, caterpillar, from Latin canicula, diminutive of canis dog; from its hairy appearance — more at hound

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The first known use of chenille was circa 1739

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9 Jan 2021

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“Chenille.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of chenille

: a thick, soft cloth

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