Word of the DayFriday, September 06, 2013
\GING-uhm\ , noun;
yarn-dyed, plain-weave cotton fabric, usually striped or checked.
It was gingham, with checks of white and blue; and although the blue was somewhat faded with many washings, it was still a pretty frock.
-- L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz, 1900
Country curtains at the windows, blue gingham with a row of yellow daisies to trim the hem, and white cotton balls fringed the edges.
-- V.C. Andrews, Dark Angel, 1986
Gingham is derived from the Malay word ginggang which means "striped cloth." It entered English via the Dutch word gingang.
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