- a sample of cloth or other material.
- a sample, patch, or characteristic specimen of anything.
Origin of swatch
Examples from the Web for swatch
The swatch itself comes to the Met from the Vatican, where it seems to have landed 1,200 or more years ago.Swank Threads, 1,200 Years Old
April 2, 2012
No mail but a swatch of ads drenched in the season's gladness, and the janitor would never provide a wastebasket in the entry.The Trial of Callista Blake
This little bit of swatch, replied I, shewing him a paring of print not larger than two crown pieces.At War with Society or, Tales of the Outcasts
It appeared to Archie that to swatch with the barrel man must be a highly diverting occupation.The Adventures of Billy Topsail
When all is ready the bath is heated up, the swatch put in and the work of the test entered upon.The Dyeing of Woollen Fabrics
When all is ready, the bath is heated up, the swatch entered, and the work of the test entered upon.The Dyeing of Cotton Fabrics
- a sample of cloth
- a number of such samples, usually fastened together in book form
- a small sample of colour supplied to the printer for matching during printing
- a sample of ink spread on paper by a printer to check the accuracy of a required colour
Word Origin and History for swatch
1510s, "the countercheck of a tally" (Northumberland dialect), later "a tally attached to cloth sent to be dyed" (1610s, in Yorkshire), of unknown origin. Meaning "a sample piece of cloth" is from 1640s.