[shuh-neel] /ʃəˈnil/

a velvety cord or yarn of silk or worsted, for embroidery, fringes, etc.
fabric made with a fringed silken thread used as the weft in combination with wool or cotton.
any fabric with a protruding pile, as in certain rayon bedspreads.
a deep-pile, durable, woolen carpeting with chenille weft: the most expensive power-loomed floor covering.
a thick soft tufty silk or worsted velvet cord or yarn used in embroidery and for trimmings, etc
a fabric of such yarn
a rich and hard-wearing carpet of such fabric

“velvety cord,” 1738, from French chenille, properly “caterpillar,” literally “little dog” (13c.), from Latin canicula “a dog” (also “a violent woman; the star Sirius; the worst throw in dice”), diminutive of canis “dog” (see canine (n.)). So called for its furry look. Cf. caterpillar.


Read Also:

  • Chenille-plant

    noun 1. an East Indian plant, Acalypha hispida, of the spurge family, having long, drooping, reddish-purple spikes of flowers.

  • Chenin-blanc

    [shen-in blahngk; French shuh-nan blahn] /ˈʃɛn ɪn ˈblɑŋk; French ʃə nɛ̃ ˈblɑ̃/ noun 1. a grape used in the making of white wine, especially in the lower Loire valley of France and in California. /ʃəˈnɛ̃ blɒŋk/ noun 1. a white grape grown in the Loire region of France and in South Africa, California, New Zealand, […]

  • Chennai

    /tʃɪˈnaɪ/ noun 1. a port in SE India, capital of Tamil Nadu, on the Bay of Bengal: founded in 1639 by the English East India Company as Fort St George; traditional burial place of St Thomas; university (1857). Pop: 4 216 268 (2001) Former name Madras

  • Chennault

    [shuh-nawlt] /ʃəˈnɔlt/ noun 1. Claire Lee [klair] /klɛər/ (Show IPA), 1890–1958, U.S. Air Force general.

Disclaimer: Chenille definition / meaning should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. All content on this website is for informational purposes only.