[ tam-uh-shan-ter, tam-uh-shan-ter ]

  1. a cap of Scottish origin, usually made of wool, having a round, flat top that projects all around the head and has a pompon at its center.

Origin of tam-o'-shanter

First recorded in 1880–85; named after the hero of Tam O'Shanter (1791), poem by Robert Burns
  • Also called tam.

Words Nearby tam-o'-shanter

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How to use tam-o'-shanter in a sentence

  • She was neatly dressed in a grey walking suit, and a velvet Tam-o-shanter hat with a smart feather.

    Mysterious Mr. Sabin | E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Bess had donned her fluffy brown tam-o-shanter and stood on the veranda.

    The Brand | Therese Broderick
  • The rain was trickling from her Tam-o-Shanter; but she was oblivious of all, save the far remote danger.

    Hester's Counterpart | Jean K. Baird
  • She ran and put on her long grey coat and her red tam-o-shanter.

    The White Peacock | D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

British Dictionary definitions for tam-o'-shanter


/ (ˌtæməˈʃæntə) /

  1. a Scottish brimless wool cap with a bobble in the centre, usually worn pulled down at one side: Also called: tam, tammy

Origin of tam-o'-shanter

C19: named after the hero of Burns' poem Tam o' Shanter (1790)

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