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gingham

[ging-uh m] /ˈgɪŋ əm/
noun
1.
yarn-dyed, plain-weave cotton fabric, usually striped or checked.
Origin of gingham
1605-1615
1605-15; < Dutch gingang < Malay gəŋgaŋ, giŋgaŋ with space between, hence, striped
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  • The hands with which she tied a white apron over her gingham one were shaking.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He led her in, glancing at her gingham dress, a little puzzled.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • The gingham dress in which she worked every morning was also hanging on its hook.

    In Apple-Blossom Time

    Clara Louise Burnham
  • The gingham morning-gown she had not changed was huddled on her, and crumpled about her.

    A Houseful of Girls Sarah Tytler
  • The jackets were made of the Irish gingham I brought from home.

    Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak Harriette McDougall
  • Evaline's basket was her gingham apron held up by the corners.

    A Missionary Twig

    Emma L. Burnett
  • The only semblance of waist was the line drawn by her gingham apron-string.

    Flint Maud Wilder Goodwin
  • "Come in, Miss," she said, rising and wiping her hands on her gingham apron.

    Flint Maud Wilder Goodwin
  • Muslin, calico, and gingham must always head the list of cotton goods.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • gingham was first manufactured in Gonghamp in France and was known as Madras gingham.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
British Dictionary definitions for gingham

gingham

/ˈɡɪŋəm/
noun
1.
(textiles)
  1. a cotton fabric, usually woven of two coloured yarns in a checked or striped design
  2. (as modifier): a gingham dress
Word Origin
C17: from French guingan, from Malay ginggang striped cloth
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Word Origin and History for gingham
n.

1610s, from Dutch gingang, traders' rendering of a Malay word said to be ginggang "striped," used as a noun with the sense of "striped cotton." Cf. French guingan, Spanish guinga, Italian gingano, German gingang.

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