plural noun

archaic Scottish
: leggings or gaiters worn by horseback riders

Word History


Middle French gamaches, plural of gamache, modification of Old Provençal garamacha, galamacha, modification of Old Spanish guadamecí colored or embossed leather, from guadamecí, adjective, colored or embossed (said of leather), modification of Arabic ghadāmasīy of Gadàmes, town in Tripoli where ornate leather was made

First Known Use

1596, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gamashes was in 1596

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“Gamashes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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