chenille

noun
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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Parker, amusingly, placed a chenille welcome mat on each side of her bed. Lesley M.m. Blume, Town & Country, "Inside Frank Gehry's Overhaul of Garden of Allah, L.A.’s Most Infamous Corner," 25 Feb. 2019 Made in heavyweight chenille, the coat provides both an animal-friendly take on outwear and a cozy option for a trans-Atlantic journey. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Victoria Beckham Is Both Posh and Socially Conscious in a Faux Leopard Coat," 27 Nov. 2018 Texture can add a sense of cozy comfort to a space, so transitional design incorporates textiles like corduroy, cotton, chenille, and suede. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "What Is "Transitional Design" And How Can You Spot It?," 15 Nov. 2018 Twist chenille stems together along length to make striped pattern; cut in half. Shelley Wolson, Woman's Day, "Fancy Faces: DIY Halloween Masks," 22 Sep. 2010 You get enveloped in welcoming texture, from chenille to cut velvet. Barbara King, House Beautiful, "Michael Aiduss on Decorating a Cape Cod-Style House," 2 Sep. 2014 It is usually tied with a black chenille body, a white calf tail wing and a brown hen collar. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: 13 famous Wisconsin fly patterns take center stage," 21 Apr. 2018 Assertive but earthy colors such as moss, ochre and chestnut highlight soothing upholstery in plush, touchable velvet, suede and chenille. Valli Herman, latimes.com, "The subtle ways the Hotel Figueroa's redesign is a tribute to women," 10 Mar. 2018 In fact, many of the dog garments have corresponding numbers for women, such as the long, flowing black cotton skirt a pet owner could wear while walking her dog outfitted in a black chenille jacket. Colleen Barry, USA TODAY, "Milan line offers canine couture for pampered pooches," 16 Jan. 2018

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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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chenille

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chenille

: a thick, soft cloth

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