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gingham

[ging-uh m] /ˈgɪŋ əm/
noun
1.
yarn-dyed, plain-weave cotton fabric, usually striped or checked.
Origin of gingham
1605-1615
1605-15; < Dutch gingang < Malay gəŋgaŋ, giŋgaŋ with space between, hence, striped
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  • The company's newest materials include soft pastel velvet, gingham and vintage alphabet patterns.
  • Pay for the meal and carry it to an adjoining room where soft light filters through red-checked gingham curtains.
  • Though no cooking is required of her, she ties a gingham apron around her tiny waist the second she arrives.
British Dictionary definitions for gingham

gingham

/ˈɡɪŋəm/
noun
1.
(textiles)
  1. a cotton fabric, usually woven of two coloured yarns in a checked or striped design
  2. (as modifier): a gingham dress
Word Origin
C17: from French guingan, from Malay ginggang striped cloth
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Word Origin and History for gingham
n.

1610s, from Dutch gingang, traders' rendering of a Malay word said to be ginggang "striped," used as a noun with the sense of "striped cotton." Cf. French guingan, Spanish guinga, Italian gingano, German gingang.

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