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[wig-uh n]
  1. a stiff, canvaslike fabric for stiffening parts of garments.
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Origin of wigan

1870–75; after Wigan, where originally produced


[wig-uh n]
  1. borough of Greater Manchester, in W England.
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Examples from the Web for wigan

Historical Examples

  • Wigan said he thought she had been forewarned—I know not why.

    One Snowy Night

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • But Dr. Wigan does not go into these niceties of this subject, and I failed.

    If, Yes and Perhaps

    Edward Everett Hale

  • After the piece we went round, by Wigan's invitation, to drink with him.

  • Heaven grant we may be more fortunate than we were at Wigan!

    Boscobel: or, the royal oak

    William Harrison Ainsworth

  • But the Parliamentarians cannot as yet have hoped to garrison Wigan.

British Dictionary definitions for wigan


  1. an industrial town in NW England, in Wigan unitary authority, Greater Manchester: former coal-mining centre. Pop: 81 203 (2001)
  2. a unitary authority in NW England, in Greater Manchester. Pop: 303 800 (2003 est). Area: 199 sq km (77 sq miles)
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