Definition of chenille in English:


Line breaks: che|nille
Pronunciation: /ʃəˈniːl


[mass noun]
A tufty, velvety cord or yarn, used for trimming furniture and made into carpets or 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: from French, literally 'hairy caterpillar', from Latin canicula 'small dog', diminutive of canis.

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