Friday, July 18, 2008
tatterdemalion noun [tat-uhr-dih-MAYL-yuhn; -MAY-lee-uhn] A person dressed in tattered or ragged clothing; a ragamuffin.
Definitions for tatterdemalion
- A person dressed in tattered or ragged clothing; a ragamuffin.
- 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.
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.
Origin of tatterdemalion
Tatterdemalion derives from tatter + -demalion, of unknown origin, though perhaps from Old French maillon, "long clothes, swadding clothes" or Italian maglia, "undershirt."