Definition of challis in US English:



  • A soft lightweight clothing fabric made from silk and worsted.

    • ‘Choose a variety of coordinating prints and solids in fabrics like crinkled and/or patterned velvet or velveteen, lightweight brocade, satin, wool, rayon challis and mediumweight silk.’
    • ‘So I guess that like a tweed jacket or challis skirt, the passage of time has made it better than nothing!’
    • ‘Very loosely woven fabrics, fluid fabrics such as rayon challis and some hand-woven fabrics may need more staystitching to control stretching and raveling.’
    • ‘A subtle palette of brown and white accented with deep blue is the common thread that runs throughout the house - in dark wood furniture and tactile fabrics, such as mohair, linen, tattersall, and challis.’
    • ‘Long skirts will look better than short and make sure to wear loosely woven fabrics eg. Wood crepe, jersey and challis.’


Mid 19th century: origin uncertain; perhaps from the surname Challis.