[ging-uh m]


yarn-dyed, plain-weave cotton fabric, usually striped or checked.

Origin of gingham

1605–15; < Dutch gingang < Malay gəŋgaŋ, giŋgaŋ with space between, hence, striped Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gingham

Historical Examples of gingham

  • The hands with which she tied a white apron over her gingham one were shaking.


    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.

  • The jackets were made of the Irish gingham I brought from home.

British Dictionary definitions for gingham



  1. a cotton fabric, usually woven of two coloured yarns in a checked or striped design
  2. (as modifier)a gingham dress

Word Origin for gingham

C17: from French guingan, from Malay ginggang striped cloth
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Word Origin and History for gingham

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper