Definition of chenille noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ʃəˈniːl//
; NAmE NAmE//ʃəˈniːl//
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a type of thick, soft thread; cloth made from this a chenille sweater Word Origin mid 18th cent.: from French, literally ‘hairy caterpillar’, from Latin canicula ‘small dog’, diminutive of canis.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: chenille