Definition of chenille in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʃəˈniːl/


[mass noun]
A tufty, velvety cord or yarn, used for trimming furniture and made into carpets or clothing.
Example sentences
  • 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.

  • This term for a tufty velvety yarn is a use of a French word meaning ‘hairy caterpillar’, from Latin canicula ‘small dog’, the connection being the fur of all three.

Words that rhyme with chenille

allele, anele, anneal, appeal, Bastille, Beale, Castile, cochineal, cockatiel, conceal, congeal, creel, deal, eel, Emile, feel, freewheel, genteel, Guayaquil, heal, heel, he'll, keel, Kiel, kneel, leal, Lille, Lucille, manchineel, meal, misdeal, Neil, O'Neill, ordeal, peal, peel, reel, schlemiel, seal, seel, she'll, spiel, squeal, steal, steel, Steele, teal, underseal, veal, weal, we'll, wheel, zeal

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