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[mass noun] A knitted cotton fabric, used for stockings and underwear:[as modifier] ‘balbriggan stockings’
- ‘Balbriggan eventually came to refer to the underwear made from the cloth.’
- ‘Contract cleaners use white terry, balbriggan and sheets.’
- ‘Balbriggan is a knitted cotton fabric named after the Irish town.’
Late 19th century: named after the town of Balbriggan in Ireland, where it was originally made.
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