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 Holmes accessorized her pretty Fendi multicolor chenille dress with a light yellow bag and pretty blue pumps. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Wore Two Totally Different Outfits In One Evening," 6 Feb. 2020 This microfiber chenille dog towel absorbs seven times its weight in water to dry your pup in a flash. Jessica Migala, NBC News, "The 15 best dog and cat pet products for safety, health and fun," 10 Jan. 2020 There are loads of colors, in soft, chunky, machine-washable chenille wool blends. Washington Post, "RIGHT AT HOME: Blankets to put you in the comfy zone," 24 Dec. 2019 Choose from clogs and moccasins made from materials including fleece, terry, sherpa, and even luxe chenille—plus, one pair of booties is up for grabs. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "Slip into a discounted pair of cozy Dearfoams slippers from Amazon," 13 Dec. 2019 There were heavy drapes, chenille bedspreads, and rattling air conditioners., "Where should you stay in the Berkshires this fall? Here are the latest and greatest options - The Boston Globe," 19 Sep. 2019 Kravet Kissimmee swivel chairs upholstered in white chenille provide cozy spots in the corners, while the faceted Vince stool from Pottery Barn adds a touch of shine. Real Estate, "Room to Love: A master suite with a California beach house vibe," 26 Sep. 2019 Insert 4 chenille stems into each side of large ball for legs; bend at centers and trim to desired length. Heather Jeffcoat, Woman's Day, "Giant Spiders and Spiderweb," 9 Sep. 2019 While the William Morris wallpaper and textured chenille sofa skew conservative, the accessories—like an African fertility statue and voluptuous crystal sculpture of the female form—do not. Ingela Ratledge Amundson, WSJ, "12 TV Series Whose Sets Will Intoxicate Design-Minded People," 21 June 2019

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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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22 Feb 2020

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“Chenille.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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: a thick, soft cloth

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