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Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Definitions for tatterdemalion

  1. A person dressed in tattered or ragged clothing; a ragamuffin.
  2. Tattered; ragged.

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Citations for tatterdemalion
Last time peasant blouses surfaced, in the 1960s and '70s, they were part of an epidemic of Indian bedspread dresses, homemade blue-jean skirts, Army surplus jackets, Greek bookbag purses and love beads, the whole eclectic tatterdemalion mix meant to express egalitarian sentiments and countercultural solidarity with underdogs everywhere. Patricia McLaughlin, Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine
I was expecting a wild hair, clanking jewelry, a tatterdemalion velvet cape from whose folds wafted the scent of incense, a house full of candles, dream catchers, cats, and bad art. David Rakoff, Fraud
Origin of tatterdemalion
1600-1610
Tatterdemalion derives from tatter + -demalion, of unknown origin, though perhaps from Old French maillon, "long clothes, swadding clothes" or Italian maglia, "undershirt."