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[tam-uh-shan-ter, tam-uh-shan-ter] /ˈtæm əˌʃæn tər, ˌtæm əˈʃæn tɛr/
a cap of Scottish origin, usually made of wool, having a round, flat top that projects all around the head and has a pompon at its center.
Also called tam.
Origin of tam-o'-shanter
First recorded in 1880-85; named after the hero of Tam O'Shanter (1791), poem by Robert Burns Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for tam-o'-shanter


a Scottish brimless wool cap with a bobble in the centre, usually worn pulled down at one side Also called tam, tammy
Word Origin
C19: named after the hero of Burns' poem Tam o' Shanter (1790)
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Word Origin and History for tam-o'-shanter

c.1840, type of bonnet formerly worn by Scottish plowmen, from Tam O'Shanter "Tom of Shanter," name of hero in a poem of the same name by Robert Burns, written 1790. The woolen cap became fashionable for ladies c.1887.

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