shepherd's check


: a pattern of small even checks (see check entry 2 sense 9a) of contrasting color (such as black and white)
also : a fabric woven in this pattern and typically having a visible twill weave

called also shepherd's plaid

Illustration of shepherd's check

Illustration of shepherd's check

Word History

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shepherd's check was in 1863

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Cite this Entry

“Shepherd's check.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

shepherd's check

: a pattern of small black-and-white checks especially in a fabric
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