[pee-ter-shuh m, -sham]
- a heavy woolen cloth for men's overcoats and other bulky outerwear.
- a coat or jacket made of this cloth.
- a corded material for hatbands, the insides of belts, etc.
- a narrow belting for the tops of skirts.
Origin of petersham
1805–15; named after Viscount Petersham (1780–1851)
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Examples from the Web for petersham
In August, 1864, they removed to their present farm in Petersham.A Century of Science and Other Essays
In 1818 he was presented by his college to the vicarage of Kew with Petersham, in Surrey.The Gaming Table: Its Votaries and Victims
He was a pupil of John Adams, and commenced the practice of law in Petersham.The Loyalists of Massachusetts
James H. Stark
Away across the road the woods beyond Ham and Petersham were still afire.The War of the Worlds
H. G. Wells
Of Petersham, which adjoins Ham Common, little or nothing can be seen from the river.
- a thick corded ribbon used to stiffen belts, button bands, etc
- a heavy woollen fabric used esp for coats
- a kind of overcoat made of such fabric
C19: named after Viscount Petersham (died 1851), English army officer