• WordNet 3.6
    • n percale a fine closely woven cotton fabric
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Percale A fine cotton fabric, having a linen finish, and often printed on one side, -- used for women's and children's wear, and for bedsheets.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n percale A kind of French cambric, very closely and firmly woven, with a round thread, and containing more dressing than ordinary muslim, but without the glossy finish of dress or lining cambrics, made either white or printed. The soft-finished percale is an English manufacture, of less body than the French percale.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Percale per-käl′ a closely woven French cambric
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

She would buy so and so many yards of percale for new shirt waists for the boys and Janie and Mag.
"The Awakening and Selected Short Stories" by Kate Chopin
The wall covering of blue percale which has caused such an outcry was in my chamber at the printing house.
"Honoré de Balzac" by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet
Martie glanced back to see Lydia's slender form, in a severe gray percale, under one of the lilacs in the side yard.
"Martie the Unconquered" by Kathleen Norris
Next month this time, you'll be paying an advance of four cents on percales.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
So the Brays, as in Nellie's regime, continued to wear the common gray percales, and to eat off the common white crockery.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
Strain and use for all dark calicoes, percales, and muslins.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
Robert Blossom, if I go down to Mr. Dryburg's shop and buy two yards of percale at sixteen cents a yard, how much must I pay?
"Four Little Blossoms at Oak Hill School" by Mabel C. Hawley
Poof, those citizens do not know percale from a Parisian toilette.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
Percale that could be bought for ten cents a yard on the avenue, sold on the square for fifteen cents.
"The Co-Citizens" by Corra Harris
Fine ginghams and percales dipped in sweet milk instead of starch, gives them that dainty, glossy dressing they have when new.
"Civic League Cook Book" by Anonymous
Fold the percale with the warp into three equal pieces.
"Handicraft for Girls" by Idabelle McGlauflin
But Rachel's percale bungalo-gown was a sight!
"Natalie: A Garden Scout" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy

In poetry:

Woe, woe on Annie's India mull,
And Sissy's blue percale!
One got that pup's belathered flanks,
And one his soapy tail!
"The Ballad Of The Taylor Pup" by Eugene Field

In news:

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This cotton percale duvet has wide stripes on one side and narrow ones on the other—a boon if you like variations on a theme.