Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A pattern of dark lines forming squares on a light background.
  • n. Cloth woven or printed with this pattern.
  • adj. Having a pattern of dark lines forming squares on a light background.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fabric pattern containing squares of dark lines on a light background

Etymologies

After Tattersall's horse market, London, England, after Richard Tattersall (1724-1795), British auctioneer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Giving an informal air to the formal announcement, he wore a roomy shirt in a tattersall pattern—a plaid first used in 18th-century British horse blankets—with sleeves "rolled as if he had entered an impromptu hot-dog-eating contest," wrote Kurt Soller , Esquire's style editor.

    Candidates Figure What Voters Need From Them Is a Good Dressing Down

  • Jim Cole/Associated Press Former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney went tieless when kicking off his candidacy on June 2 in Stratham, N.H. Giving an informal air to the formal announcement, he wore a roomy shirt in a tattersall pattern—a plaid first used in 18th-century British horse blankets.

    Campaign Casual

  • He teams hefty tweeds with tattersall, checks and plaids and brown suede shoes, sometimes with a bright sweater-vest.

    Roger Stone: StoneZone's 2011 Best and Worst Dressed

  • He may add a shirt with tattersall or windowpane checks and a striped tie, for example, to make the suit look "more interesting."

    Men in Patterns: Mixing Without Clashing

  • Gao dressed and acted like a Silicon Valley moneyman rather than one from Wall Street — open-necked tattersall shirt, muted plaid jacket, dark slacks, scuffed walking shoes.

    “Be Nice to the Countries That Lend You Money”

  • He's relaxed, dressed Miami-style in slacks, a tattersall shirt and no tie.

    Republicans Must Be a National Party

  • Ultimately, three new scents were created, poured into separate bottles, wrapped up in a tattersall lining and packaged together under the name Notes From Michael, with a personal missive from the master himself explaining the concept.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • Retailers say more men are asking for separate vests in red, suede, tattersall checks and herringbone that they can mix and match with their three-button suits.

    Rules for Three-Piece Suits

  • She jumped into her master's arms and stuck her nose in the breast pocket of his tattersall shirt.

    With No One as Witness

  • We can give the steps on the scale colors if we want, or even better, patterns, as in the mistake condition has been upgraded from tattersall to plaid.

    CNN Transcript Jun 16, 2004

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