A soft, fuzzy cord or yarn made from silk, worsted, cotton, or synthetic fibers. Chenille yarn is used for tufted embroidery, fringe, and tassels. A fabric made from chenille yarns is also called chenille. The fabric is used for sweaters, pile bedspreads, and expensive rugs.
Synonyms and Related Terms
chenilla (Esp.); chenillegaren (Ned); chenille yarn; chenille thread;
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