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[tat-er-sawl, -suh l] /ˈtæt ərˌsɔl, -səl/
a pattern of squares formed by colored crossbars on a solid-color, usually light background.
a fabric with this pattern.
having this pattern or made of such fabric:
a tattersall vest.
Origin of tattersall
First recorded in 1890-95; after Tattersall's, London horse market; such patterns were common on horse blankets Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Miss tattersall, however, took no notice of my failure to find the ideal.

    The Jervaise Comedy J. D. Beresford
  • The Turf Club would not have him; he durst not show at tattersall's.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • Nor was that peremptory sale at tattersall's countermanded as regarded any of the horses.

    Phineas Redux Anthony Trollope
  • It was said, in Kildare Street, that no one at tattersall's could beat him at a book.

    The Kellys and the O'Kellys Anthony Trollope
  • He was an ardent votary of the noble quadruped; and he loved the turf—whose sward, we judged, he trod mainly at tattersall's.

  • The servants were gone, and the horses were advertised at tattersall's already.

    Ravenshoe Henry Kingsley
  • Miss tattersall asked, with the least tremor of excitement sounding in her voice.

    The Jervaise Comedy J. D. Beresford
  • So it is; but it is true, as true as tattersall's—as true as Circassia or Virginia.

    The Newcomes William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Charles James Fox was one of the most regular patrons of tattersall's sales.

    The Kensington District Geraldine Edith Mitton
  • He only realised 1,150 guineas, and was bought by the auctioneer, Mr. tattersall.

British Dictionary definitions for tattersall


  1. a fabric, sometimes brightly coloured, having stripes or bars in a checked or squared pattern
  2. (as modifier): a tattersall coat
Word Origin
C19: after Tattersall's; the horse blankets at the market originally had this pattern
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tattersall

fabric with small and even check pattern, 1891, so called because it was similar to the traditional design of horse blankets, in reference to Tattersall's, a famous London horse market and gambler's rendezvous, founded 1766 by Richard Tattersall (1724-95). The surname is from the place in Lincolnshire.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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