Chintz



[chints] /tʃɪnts/

noun
1.
a printed cotton fabric, glazed or unglazed, used especially for draperies.
2.
a painted or stained calico from India.
/tʃɪnts/
noun
1.
a printed, patterned cotton fabric, with glazed finish
2.
a painted or stained Indian calico
n.

1719, plural of chint (1610s), from Hindi chint, from Sanskrit chitra-s “clear, bright” (cf. cheetah). The plural (the more common form of the word in commercial use) became regarded as singular by late 18c., and for unknown reason shifted -s to -z; perhaps after quartz. Disparaging sense, from the commonness of the fabric, is first recorded 1851 in George Eliot (in chintzy).

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