1876, from Thomas Chippendale (c.1718-79), English cabinetmaker. The family name (13c.) is from Chippingdale, Lancashire (probably from O.E. ceaping "a market, marketplace," related to cheap). Chippendales beefcake dance revue, began late 1970s in a Los Angeles nightclub, the name said to have been chosen for its suggestion of elegance and class.