per·​cale (ˌ)pər-ˈkāl How to pronounce percale (audio)
(ˌ)pər-ˈkal How to pronounce percale (audio)
: 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 As far as value is concerned, these are less expensive than luxury percale cotton sheets but have similarly impressive quality. Deanne Revel, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 May 2024 It: Riley's Percale Sheet Set is made from crisp 100% long-staple cotton percale that stays soft to the touch while cooling you down, akin to the quality of five-star hotel sheets (shipped straight from Portugal, no less). Anamaria Glavan, Allure, 16 Mar. 2024 For die-hard cotton fans, Riley's percale duvet cover is a good option for your shortlist. Sharon Brandwein, Southern Living, 7 Jan. 2024 These percale sheets also didn’t perform extraordinarily well in stain testing, leaving behind some visible oil and foundation marks. Kathleen Felton, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Jan. 2024 Sateen sheets are generally warmer than other options like percale, Woodson says. Kathleen Felton, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Jan. 2024 The cotton percale is incredibly soft, and it’s well made from the fabric to the buttons on the insert’s interior. Olivia Avitt, Peoplemag, 17 Jan. 2024 Just remember: Jersey sheets tend to shrink and show signs of wear faster than percale or sateen weaves. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 20 Dec. 2022 This duvet cover from L.L. Bean encapsulates really captures percale at its best. Olivia Avitt, Peoplemag, 17 Jan. 2024

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Word History


ultimately from Persian pargāla

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of percale was in 1840

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“Percale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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per·​cale (ˌ)pər-ˈkā(ə)l How to pronounce percale (audio) ˈpər-ˌkā(ə)l How to pronounce percale (audio)
: a fine closely woven cotton cloth used especially to make sheets and pillowcases

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