Definition of challis in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃalɪs/
Pronunciation: /ˈʃali/


[mass noun]
A lightweight soft clothing fabric made from silk and worsted.
Example sentences
  • Choose a variety of coordinating prints and solids in fabrics like crinkled and/or patterned velvet or velveteen, lightweight brocade, satin, wool, rayon challis and mediumweight silk.
  • Very loosely woven fabrics, fluid fabrics such as rayon challis and some hand-woven fabrics may need more staystitching to control stretching and raveling.
  • A subtle palette of brown and white accented with deep blue is the common thread that runs throughout the house - in dark wood furniture and tactile fabrics, such as mohair, linen, tattersall, and challis.


Mid 19th century: origin uncertain; perhaps from the surname Challis.

Words that rhyme with challis

Alice, chalice, malice, palace, Tallis

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