: a printed calico from India
: a usually glazed printed cotton fabric

Examples of chintz in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Old-school patterns, like toile, chintz, and vintage floral chintz, are seeing a resurgence in popularity. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 21 Apr. 2023 Jayne Design Studio senior designer William Cullum chose a cheerful robin's egg blue for this 1980s country home in Suffern, New York, which showcases Italian Baroque stools and a rug digitally printed with a pattern taken from an 18th-century Indian chintz. Kristin Tablang, House Beautiful, 1 June 2022 When adding chintz to a space, pull at least one color from the pattern into other accents. Kristina McGuirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Mar. 2023 Unlike the coordinated chintz of the '80s, try contrasts in color and scale. Kristina McGuirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Mar. 2023 Hay used a Pierre Frey chintz fabric on the sofa and paired it with pillows from Guy Goodfellow Collection. Allison Duncan, House Beautiful, 9 Jan. 2023 Flowery chintz brings a touch of the garden into this bathroom, where designer Justine Cushing managed to fit in a dressing table and a matching chair that tucks underneath it thanks to a clever layout. Amanda Sims Clifford, House Beautiful, 19 Dec. 2022 O’Connell went with Schumacher’s fern print, Les Fougeres, on a pair of chairs in the sunroom; Colefax and Fowler’s classic Bowood chintz in the breakfast nook; and Jasper’s Malmaison-Fontaine, featuring climbing passionflower vines, in the library. Maile Pingel, Washington Post, 27 July 2022 To oversee this work, Boris and Carrie commissioned an interior designer named Lulu Lytle, known for her chintz patterns, her rattan furniture, and her interest in Egyptology. Lara Prendergast, Harper's Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History


earlier chints, plural of chint, from Hindi chī̃ṭ & Urdu chīnṭ

First Known Use

1614, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chintz was in 1614

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“Chintz.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chintz. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a shiny cotton fabric with a flowery pattern printed on it

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