Definition of chenille in English:


Syllabification: che·nille
Pronunciation: /SHəˈnēl


  • A tufted velvety cord or yarn, used for trimming furniture and making carpets and clothing.
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    • 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'.

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