Definition of chenille in English:

chenille

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's got a chenille cord and and eyelash yarn wrapped around it.’
    • ‘Starting at the hook bend, tie in the black chenille and the silver wire.’
    • ‘I would like to know if it is possible to dye a vintage chenille bedspread?’
    • ‘She always made me a bit nervous with her perfect hair and chenille clothes and her size 2 body.’
    • ‘Those spending $300 in the malls get a plush, red chenille teddy bear as a gift with purchase.’
    • ‘We used eyelash, chenille, angora-type and openwork ‘dot’ ribbon.’
    • ‘In other knitting news, I am still free-forming this chenille.’
    • ‘He loves chenille as it's got very soft feel next to the skin.’
    • ‘Pink chenille fibres found on Carly's body matched with others found in the boot.’
    • ‘She pulls her chenille robe tightly around her, sighs loudly and only after the screen door slams behind her calls out an emphatic, ‘No.’’
    • ‘These lightweight, comfortable cutters are good for multiple layers, chenille projects and cutting patterns.’
    • ‘Or you'll remember that you still have your grandmother's chenille bedspread in the attic, and it'll be perfect on the bed.’
    • ‘Rebecca wore her coat today, along with a salt-and-pepper scarf and black chenille gloves, which had been bought on sale at K-Mart.’
    • ‘Made of 165,000 two-inch pieces of chenille pipe cleaners, the piece has another, clandestine identity.’
    • ‘I was wearing my long-sleeved aqua chenille top with my grey/black skirt, as well as my leather boots that came up to my knees.’
    • ‘She pushed back the burgundy chenille blanket that had been covering her and stood up, slipping on her flip flops.’
    • ‘I made a real effort to have a go at knitting with the chenille tape yarn but it was doing my head in.’

Origin

Mid 18th century from French, literally ‘hairy caterpillar’, from Latin canicula ‘small dog’, diminutive of canis.

Pronunciation

chenille

/ʃəˈniːl/