[bal-brig-uh n]


a plain-knit cotton fabric, used especially in hosiery and underwear.

Origin of balbriggan

First recorded in 1855–60; after Balbriggan, town in Ireland, where first made Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a knitted unbleached cotton fabric
(often plural) underwear made of this

Word Origin for balbriggan

C19: from Balbriggan, Ireland, where it was originally made
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