- a tufted, velvety yarn used for trimming, embroidery, etc.
- a fabric filled or woven with such yarn, used for rugs, bedspreads, etc.
Origin of chenilleFr, literally , hairy caterpillar from Classical Latin canicula, diminutive of canis, dog (see hound): from its hairy pile
- A soft tufted cord traditionally of silk, cotton, or worsted used in embroidery or for fringing.
- Fabric made of or resembling this cord, commonly used for bedspreads or rugs.
Origin of chenilleFrench chenille caterpillar, chenille from Latin canīcula diminutive of canis dog ; see kwon- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural chenilles)