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A closely woven cotton fabric used for sheets and clothing.

[French, probably from obsolete English percalla, ultimately (probably via Urdu) from Persian pargāla, a piece of cloth, probably variant of pargāra, a circle drawn with a pair of compasses, a bit, a piece of cloth, worldly goods, from parkār, parkāl, pargāl, a pair of compasses : perhaps Old Iranian parā, forth, off, away; see per in Indo-European roots + kar-, variant of karš-, to draw, drag (probably akin to Latin colere, to till; see cultivate).]


(pəˈkeɪl; -ˈkɑːl)
(Textiles) a close-textured woven cotton fabric, plain or printed, used esp for sheets
[C17: via French from Persian pargālah piece of cloth]



a smooth, plain-weave cotton cloth, used esp. for bedsheets.
[1615–25; < French < Persian pargāla rag; replacing percalla < Persian]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.percale - a fine closely woven cotton fabricpercale - a fine closely woven cotton fabric  
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"


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She would buy so and so many yards of percale for new shirt waists for the boys and Janie and Mag.
Red classic heart embroidered cotton percale duvet set and pillowcase set, from PS50.
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These covers are made from 100-percent pure cotton percale and embroidered, not printed, with meticulous design.
Gebhard said, "Nova 245 also enables the high definition required for home decoration printing applications, such as bedding, which are dependent on fine halftone designs printed on high-value added textile, like percale satin.
50-PS79; Egyptian percale 400 bedlinen Oxford pillowcase, PS15, square pillowcase, PS17.
Beautifully Bespoke linens by Matouk in white percale from the finest Egyptian cotton with two elegant rows of satin embroidery in a choice of colors are a luxurious indulgence (standard sham, $135 plus monogramming).
com) HAVE a name embroidered onto this pillow, made with 100% high quality cotton percale.
SHEILA WILSON: If you're willing to try polycotton, John Lewis's percale sheets come in all sizes and every colour of the rainbow.
The duvet cover and pillowcases are in 100% cotton percale with matching cushions also available.
The Sanchaya, which is Sanskrit for "collection,O is a bespoke collection of 19 individually designed villas and nine suites, with features including Bang & Olufsen TVs and integrated sound and vision systems throughout, and 462 thread-count Egyptian cotton Percale bedding in all the guestrooms.