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[sham-brey] /ˈʃæm breɪ/
a fine cloth of cotton, silk, or linen, commonly of plain weave with a colored warp and white weft.
Origin of chambray
1805-15, Americanism; variant of cambric Unabridged
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  • chambray is a light-weight single cloth fabric that is always woven with a plain weave, and always has a white selvedge.

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • And for their help Mrs. chambray and the doctor were to receive a handsome sum.

    The Mystery of Mary Grace Livingston Hill
  • chambray is a staple fabric of many years standing, being next in rank among cotton goods after the better grade of gingham.

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • He was crudely buried by the Germans where he fell, near chambray, and a rude cross set up to mark the place.

    The War Romance of the Salvation Army Evangeline Booth and Grace Livingston Hill
  • In the summer a woman may with propriety wear simple frocks of gingham, chambray, linen, and other washable materials.

    Book of Etiquette, Volume 2 Lillian Eichler Watson
  • Mrs. chambray, it seems, had not known the entire plot before leaving Europe, and this was their first chance of telling her.

    The Mystery of Mary Grace Livingston Hill
  • In spite of my protests, Mrs. chambray insisted upon following me in, to see that I was perfectly comfortable.

    The Mystery of Mary Grace Livingston Hill
  • The plain gathered skirt was fastened to the full waist by a wide belt of the chambray.

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • The plain blues and pinks are chambray; the plain blues and pinks of cheaper grade are ginghams.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
British Dictionary definitions for chambray


a smooth light fabric of cotton, linen, etc, with white weft and a coloured warp
Word Origin
C19: after Cambrai; see cambric
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Word Origin and History for chambray

1814, American English, alteration of Cambrai, city in France (formerly Flanders) where the cloth originally was made. Cf. cambric.

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