Tattersalls

tattersall

[tat-er-sawl, -suhl]
noun
1.
a pattern of squares formed by colored crossbars on a solid-color, usually light background.
2.
a fabric with this pattern.
adjective
3.
having this pattern or made of such fabric: a tattersall vest.

Origin:
1890–95; after Tattersall's, London horse market; such patterns were common on horse blankets

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tattersall (ˈtætəˌsɔːl)
 
n
a.  a fabric, sometimes brightly coloured, having stripes or bars in a checked or squared pattern
 b.  (as modifier): a tattersall coat
 
[C19: after Tattersall's; the horse blankets at the market originally had this pattern]

Tattersall's (ˈtætəˌsɔːlz)
 
n
1.  a large horse market in London founded in the eighteenth century
2.  (Austral) Also (informal): Tatt's a large-scale lottery based in Melbourne
3.  a name used for sportsmen's clubs in Australia
 
[named after Richard Tattersall (died 1795), English horseman, who founded the market]

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tattersall
fabric with small and even check pattern, 1891, so called because it was similar to the traditional design of horse blankets, in ref. 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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