tam of shanter

tam-o'-shanter

[tam-uh-shan-ter, tam-uh-shan-ter]
noun
a cap of Scottish origin, usually made of wool, having a round, flat top that projects all around the head and has a pompon at its center.
Also called tam.


Origin:
1880–85; named after the hero of Tam O'Shanter (1791), poem by Robert Burns

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tam-o'-shanter (ˌtæməˈʃæntə)
 
n
tam, Also called: tammy a Scottish brimless wool cap with a bobble in the centre, usually worn pulled down at one side
 
[C19: named after the hero of Burns' poem Tam o' Shanter (1790)]

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tam-o'-shanter
c.1840, type of bonnet formerly worn by Scottish plowmen, from Tam O'Shanter "Tom of Shanter," name of hero in a poem of the same name by Robert Burns, written 1790. The woolen cap became fashionable for ladies c.1887.
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