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Sunday, September 08, 2013

chambray

\SHAM-brey\ , noun;
1.
a fine cloth of cotton, silk, or linen, commonly of plain weave with a colored warp and white weft.
Quotes:
On the way out the door, I noticed a video of Kamprad, in a chambray shirt and gold chain, playing on a nearby screen.
-- Lauren Collins, "House Perfect," The New Yorker, Oct. 3, 2008
He wears blue jeans and a chambray work shirt over a turtleneck, and the yellow corduroy sport jacket is warm there under the lights, but he knows he needs the pockets.
-- Peter LaSalle, Tell Borges If You See Him, 2007
Origin:
Chambray is an Americanism that arose in the early 1800s. It's a variant of the word cambric, which is named for the city in Northern France, Cambrai via the Dutch word Kameryk.
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