per·​cale | \ (ˌ)pər-ˈkāl How to pronounce percale (audio) , ˈpər-ˌkāl; (ˌ)pər-ˈkal How to pronounce percale (audio) \

Definition of percale

: a fine closely woven cotton cloth variously finished for clothing, sheeting, and industrial uses

Examples of percale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Crisp cotton or percale sheets can lose their appeal fast when temperatures drop. Popular Science, "Cozy flannel for almost every occasion (and companion)," 16 Jan. 2020 This percale duvet cover is made of 100-percent organic cotton. NBC News, "Best bedding and bedroom deals to shop MLK Day 2020," 17 Jan. 2020 Like Crane & Canopy, Riley offers Oeko-Tex certified sateen and percale sheet sets, both of which are made from 100% long staple Egyptian cotton. Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "Luxury linens that are worth the price," 17 Dec. 2019 Made from 100% extra long-staple cotton that's imported from Portugal, the sateen sheets are heavier than the percale option. Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "Luxury linens that are worth the price," 17 Dec. 2019 Without a top sheet, the queen-size sheet set is $129, the same price as Brooklinen's percale sheet set (which includes a top sheet). Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Brooklinen vs. Parachute: Which Sheets Are Right for You?," 30 Sep. 2019 Threaded Home: Save $20 on percale and sateen sheet sets through 7/8. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "All the best 4th of July sales to shop this week," 3 July 2019 These bold striped sheets are cut from smooth, cool cotton percale. Simona Matovic, oregonlive, "Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is happening | Here’s what’s actually worth your money," 19 July 2019 Better: $70 to $130 100-percent cotton percale in a 300 to 400 thread count. Hannah Morrill, ELLE Decor, "The Best Luxury Sheets For the Perfect Night's Sleep," 15 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of percale

1840, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for percale

ultimately from Persian pargāla

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The first known use of percale was in 1840

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5 Feb 2020

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“Percale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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