chenille

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noun che·nille \shə-ˈnēl\

Definition of chenille

  1. 1 :  a wool, cotton, silk, or rayon yarn with protruding pile; also :  a pile-face fabric with a filling of this yarn

  2. 2 :  an imitation of chenille yarn or fabric

Origin and Etymology of chenille

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


First Known Use: circa 1739


CHENILLE Defined for English Language Learners

chenille

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noun che·nille \shə-ˈnēl\

Definition of chenille for English Language Learners

  • : a thick, soft cloth


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