\ˈchin(t)s \

Definition of chintz 

1 : a printed calico from India

2 : a usually glazed printed cotton fabric

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Daybeds, oriental rugs, and chintz pillows lend themselves to long and lazy naps. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Inside the Romantic Safari Camp Where Prince Harry Took Meghan Markle," 19 Feb. 2018 Expansive skirts on fashionable dress of the period proved the perfect blank canvas to showcase chintzes lush with pomegranates and lotus flowers à la Indiennes. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "This Textile Has Been All Over Vogue—Here’s Where It Came From," 1 June 2018 After mid-century modernism’s long reign, some drama is making its way back into interior design—like with the resurgence of statement ceilings and chintz, or the return of colors like green and ochre. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Fringe Benefits: Why Tassels and Trimmings Are Making an Interior Design Comeback," 25 May 2018 The highlight of the show is a spacious room toward the end containing a panoply of ikat coats, dyed with singular style and featuring ornate linings of Russian cotton and Indian chintz. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "How the Technicolor Ikat Designs of Central Asia Thread Into Textile History," 26 Mar. 2018 So, mostly, is Junya Watanabe, who spliced oversized suit jackets to trenches to knits to parkas, most of it over chintz floral leggings or shirtdresses. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Sweatpants Forever!," 4 Mar. 2018 In 2014, the pink hotel was redecorated and washed with even more color (think palm print halls, pink chintz curtains, and gingham tablecloths) by Dorothy Draper's protégé Carleton Varney. Sarah Bray, Town & Country, "Palm Beach, Florida Guide: Where to Stay, Eat, Shop, Drink, and Be Seen," 6 Feb. 2017 Think slipcovers, faded chintz, Oriental rugs, or sea grass on polished hardwood floors—the comfortable English country house look as translated by Nancy Lancaster, who, after all, was born in Virginia. Stephanie Granada, Southern Living, "75 Most Stylish Southerners," 7 Feb. 2014 All rooms, decorated with period fabrics like tapestries, lace, chintz, and damask, also come with wood-floor foyers stenciled by local craftsmen, bathrooms with Botticino marble, and free Wi-Fi. Condé Nast Traveler, "Belmond Charleston Place," 20 Oct. 2017

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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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The first known use of chintz was in 1614

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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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