ging·​ham | \ ˈgiŋ-əm How to pronounce gingham (audio) \

Definition of gingham

: a clothing fabric usually of yarn-dyed cotton in plain weave

Examples of gingham in a Sentence

a red and white gingham tablecloth

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An impatient patron in an orange gingham shirt started whining—typical. Emma Allen, The New Yorker, "If Your Goldendoodle Is a Gastronome," 19 Aug. 2019 Rodriguez kept the look more classic with a blue single-breasted suit, choosing instead to nod to Lopez’s ensemble with his gingham button-up shirt. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "JLo and A-Rod’s Latest Date Night Look Is All About Matching Checkers," 21 Oct. 2018 Ditch denim for a bright gingham short; by sticking to the Instagram-favorite silhouette, your look will still feel on-brand. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "VSCO Girl Outfits That Will Make You Feel Like an Influencer," 21 Aug. 2019 Hudson Bay or Pendleton stripes This iconic preppy pattern deserves a spot in your heart right alongside Burberry check and gingham. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "8 Preppy Essentials That Should Be On Your Fall Style Checklist," 5 Aug. 2019 The newborn dressed as Dorothy donned a blue gingham outfit, complete with red ruby slippers. Fox News, "Pittsburgh hospital newborns dressed up as 'Wizard of Oz' characters," 23 Aug. 2019 The gingham pinafore dress, which has been listed as an auction piece by Profiles in History, is estimated between $350,000 to $500,000. Alexia Fernandez,, "Dorothy Gale's Iconic Wizard of Oz Dress Is Up for Auction 80 Years After the Film's Release," 27 Aug. 2019 But the actress was so much more than a Kansas farm girl in a blue gingham dress, and her acting range reached far beyond the land of Oz. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "8 essential Judy Garland movies that aren't The Wizard of Oz," 23 Aug. 2019 Ganni has a one-shoulder black-and-white gingham number with a high-waist lavender bottom while ACK has a fresh way to play with the ongoing tie-dye trend. Sophie Kemp, Vogue, "These Are the Best Bikinis for Hot and Humid Days," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of gingham

1615, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gingham

modification of Malay genggang striped cloth

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English Language Learners Definition of gingham

: a cotton cloth that often has a pattern of colored squares


ging·​ham | \ ˈgiŋ-əm How to pronounce gingham (audio) \

Kids Definition of gingham

: a cotton cloth that is often plaid or checked

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