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[shuh-nel; French sha-nel] /ʃəˈnɛl; French ʃaˈnɛl/
[ga-bree-el] /ga briˈɛl/ (Show IPA),
("Coco") 1882–1971, French fashion designer.
Can be confused
channel, Chanel, charnel. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for Chanel
  • Coco was forced to operate her couture business apart from parfums Chanel.
  • In return, he gained complete rights to all products stamped with the name Chanel.
British Dictionary definitions for Chanel


/French ʃanɛl/
Gabrielle (ɡabriɛl), known as Coco Chanel. 1883–1971, French couturière and perfumer, who created "the little black dress" and the perfume Chanel No. 5
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Chanel

Paris fashion house, founded by Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel (1883-1971), French fashion designer and perfumier, who opened her first shop in 1909. The perfume Chanel No. 5 debuted in 1921.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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