- The definition of chintz is multi-colored cotton fabric that has a glazed finish and that is often used for upholstery or drapes.
A multi-colored fabric on the sofa is an example of chintz.
Origin: earlier chints, plural of chint ; from Hindi chhīnt, chintz ; from Sanskrit chitra, spot ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)kai-, bright from source -hood, Old English hador, bright, Classical Latin caelum, sky
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Origin: Obsolete chints, pl. of chint, calico cloth, from Hindi cīṇṭ, from Sanskrit citra-, shiny, variegated.