"piece of furniture by, or in the style of, Chippendale," by 1871, from Thomas Chippendale (c. 1718-1779), English cabinetmaker. The family name (13c.) is from Chippingdale, Lancashire (which probably is from Old English ceaping "a market, marketplace" and related to cheap). Chippendales as the name of a 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.

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Definitions of Chippendale from WordNet
Chippendale (n.)
a British cabinetmaker remembered for his graceful designs (especially of chairs) which influenced his contemporaries (1718-1779);
Synonyms: Thomas Chippendale
Chippendale (adj.)
of or relating to an 18th-century style of furniture made by Thomas Chippendale; graceful outlines and Greek motifs and massive rococo carvings;