[ 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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Word Origin and History for tattersall



fabric with small and even check pattern, 1891, so called because it was similar to the traditional design of horse blankets, in reference to Tattersall's, a famous London horse market and gambler's rendezvous, founded 1766 by Richard Tattersall (1724-95). The surname is from the place in Lincolnshire.

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