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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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Examples from the web for chambray
  • The dresses were sold in either, red and yellow or chambray.
  • Blue chambray shirts and gray or white sweatshirts with blue jeans are not allowed to be worn by visitors.
  • It is made of blue chambray and trim med with a bias band of darker blue.
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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