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swatch

[swoch] /swɒtʃ/
noun
1.
a sample of cloth or other material.
2.
a sample, patch, or characteristic specimen of anything.
Origin
1505-1515
1505-15; akin to switch
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British Dictionary definitions for swatches

swatch

/swɒtʃ/
noun
1.
a sample of cloth
2.
a number of such samples, usually fastened together in book form
3.
(printing)
  1. a small sample of colour supplied to the printer for matching during printing
  2. a sample of ink spread on paper by a printer to check the accuracy of a required colour
Word Origin
C16: Scottish and northern English, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for swatches

swatch

n.

1510s, "the countercheck of a tally" (Northumberland dialect), later "a tally attached to cloth sent to be dyed" (1610s, in Yorkshire), of unknown origin. Meaning "a sample piece of cloth" is from 1640s.

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