from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A soft tufted cord of silk, cotton, or worsted used in embroidery or for fringing.
- n. Fabric made of this cord, commonly used for bedspreads or rugs.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an extremely soft and bunchy fabric often used to make sweaters
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Tufted cord, of silk or worsted, for the trimming of ladies' dresses, for embroidery and fringes, and for the weft of Chenille rugs.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A soft, velvety cord of silk or worsted, used in embroidery and for fringes and other ornamental parts of women's dresses, etc.
- n. A name for Dasya elegans, one of the red marine algæ), order Florideæ. See Dasya.
- n. A name given to the cotton leaf-worm or cotton caterpillar, the larva of Alabama argillacea, by Louisiana planters of French descent, and adopted by many others.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a heavy fabric woven with chenille cord; used in rugs and bedspreads
- n. a soft tufted cord used in embroidery
French chenille, caterpillar, chenille, from Latin canīcula, diminutive of canis, dog; see kwon- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)