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  1. a sample of cloth or other material.
  2. a sample, patch, or characteristic specimen of anything.
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Origin of swatch

First recorded in 1505–15; akin to switch
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British Dictionary definitions for swatch


  1. a sample of cloth
  2. a number of such samples, usually fastened together in book form
  3. printing
    1. a small sample of colour supplied to the printer for matching during printing
    2. a sample of ink spread on paper by a printer to check the accuracy of a required colour
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Word Origin

C16: Scottish and northern English, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for swatch


1510s, "the countercheck of a tally" (Northumberland dialect), later "a tally attached to cloth sent to be dyed" (1610s, in Yorkshire), of unknown origin. Meaning "a sample piece of cloth" is from 1640s.

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