\ ˈchin(t)s How to pronounce chintz (audio) \

Definition of chintz

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

Examples of chintz in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The same fabric—a reproduction of an early-19th-century chintz by Quadrille—covers the walls and has been purposely reproduced in the painting by Christian White. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "From the Archive: Skirted Furniture That Will Make You Want to Go Back in Time," 27 Mar. 2021 The owner was Bernard Ashley, widower of designer/chintz specialist Laura Ashley, and the house’s interiors were practically a showroom of Ashley design—with mixed results. Laurie Werner, Forbes, "Revitalized And Expanded, This Virginia Retreat Reopens This Summer," 26 Feb. 2021 The vibe is establishment dinner party gone kooky: There are chintz tablecloths, patterned china and colorful, faceted glassware that, when arranged together, suggest a sunnier, more social time. New York Times, "The T List: Holiday Gift Guide, Part II," 2 Dec. 2020 And the twigs can do it with an appeal that’s less Mario Buatta chintz and more Scandinavian farmhouse; more pencil line than lavish brushstroke. Washington Post, "In this season of austerity, there’s a cold sort of beauty in decorating with twigs," 1 Dec. 2020 For more fabric talk, check out our Style Guide for Using Fabric in Your Home, some of our favorite classic Southern chintz fabrics, and a primer for how to mix and match fabrics. Southern Living, "Signature Toiles Celebrate Our Favorite Southern Towns," 12 June 2020 His quest for fine English and Chinese export porcelain, fanciful floral chintz fabrics and quirky accessories became a lifelong passion. Jura Koncius, Washington Post, "Design royalty is all atwitter about the Prince of Chintz auction," 23 Jan. 2020 Schumacher chintz covers an chair; modern art by Richard Serra is hung above a vintage console table; a contemporary Beauvais rug is the connective tissue between all remaining details. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Uptown Glamour Meets Joyful Family Living in This Prewar Manhattan Apartment," 12 Dec. 2019 Use a floral chintz tablecloth, add pink Murano glasses and silk bows, then sprinkle pastel bonbons around the plate. Bebe Howorth, ELLE Decor, "The Do's and Don'ts of Holiday Party Planning, According to Rebecca Gardner," 18 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of chintz

1614, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chintz

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

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“Chintz.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of chintz

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

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