[ tat-er-sawl, -suh l ]
/ ˈtæt ərˌsɔl, -səl /


a pattern of squares formed by colored crossbars on a solid-color, usually light background.
a fabric with this pattern.


having this pattern or made of such fabric: a tattersall vest.

Origin of tattersall

First recorded in 1890–95; after Tattersall's, London horse market; such patterns were common on horse blankets
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British Dictionary definitions for tattersall

/ (ˈtætəˌsɔːl) /


  1. a fabric, sometimes brightly coloured, having stripes or bars in a checked or squared pattern
  2. (as modifier)a tattersall coat

Word Origin for tattersall

C19: after Tattersall's; the horse blankets at the market originally had this pattern
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