Definition of percale in English:


Syllabification: per·cale
Pronunciation: /pərˈkāl, -ˈkal


  • A closely woven fine cotton or polyester fabric used especially for sheets.
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    • 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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