ging·​ham ˈgiŋ-əm How to pronounce gingham (audio)
: a clothing fabric usually of yarn-dyed cotton in plain weave

Examples of gingham in a Sentence

a gingham tablecloth
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Word History


modification of Malay genggang striped cloth

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gingham was in 1615

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Cite this Entry

“Gingham.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


ging·​ham ˈgiŋ-əm How to pronounce gingham (audio)
: a cotton cloth that is often marked with a pattern of colored squares

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