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chenille Syllabification: che·nille
Pronunciation: /SHəˈnēl/

Definition of chenille in English:


A tufted velvety cord or yarn, used for trimming furniture and making carpets and clothing.
Example sentences
  • To make your furniture snuggle-friendly, sew soft faux suede or chenille slipcovers for your favourite chair.
  • If you cut the garment or project pieces ‘to size’ and then create the chenille, the final chenille piece may be too small.
  • The bow stays tied better if you choose a textural ribbon, such as chenille, rickrack, or grosgrain.


Mid 18th century: French, literally 'hairy caterpillar'.

  • This term for a tufty velvety yarn is a use of a French word meaning ‘hairy caterpillar’, from Latin canicula ‘small dog’, the connection being the fur of all three.

Words that rhyme with chenille

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