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

Examples of chenille in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Al Dalphonso of Milwaukee had two tying stations set up in the pavilion, each equipped with a range of components including colored beads, reflective synthetics, spools of thread, dyed chenille and natural hackle feathers. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Mar. 2022 This style is extremely versatile—other testers placed their chenille rugs in living rooms, dining rooms, and kids' playrooms. Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Sep. 2021 The chenille throw is 50 x 60 inches and comes in three colors. Samantha Driscoll, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Oct. 2021 Woven from soft chenille, the shower mat offers a plush spot to step after coming out of the bath. Amy Schulman, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Aug. 2021 With more than 3,000 five-star ratings, the brand's most popular style, the chenille chair, comes in a selection of four colors and three bed sizes (full, queen, and king) — and nearly all are on sale with prices starting at $171. Zarah Kavarana,, 3 Aug. 2021 Furniture upholstered in a nubby performance chenille rotates a full 360 degrees., 24 July 2021 As for textures, Gelfand prefers natural wool or a mix of jute and chenille for maximum comfort. Kari Molvar, Vogue, 7 May 2021 The inglenook, topped with a ribbed indoor/outdoor chenille cushion, is the daughter’s favorite spot to curl up with her laptop., 26 Mar. 2021 See More

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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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“Chenille.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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