Definition of percale in English:

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Pronunciation: /pərˈkā(ə)l/


A closely woven fine cotton or polyester fabric used especially for sheets.
Example sentences
  • Flannel is a cotton fabric that is brushed on one side for warmth and extra softness; percale is a finely woven, smooth fabric (all cotton or a blend) with a minimum thread count of 180.
  • The sheets and pillow cases are 220 thread count 100% cotton percale in bright white with a black twist cord detail.
  • Interested in knowing how much I move about while sleeping, in order to make an informed decision on easy-care or Egyptian percale bed linen, I thought I'd employ the full technical capability of my camera to find out.


Early 17th century: from French, of unknown origin.

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Syllabification: per·cale

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