Definition of gingham in English:



  • [mass noun] Lightweight plain-woven cotton cloth, typically checked in white and a bold colour.

    [as modifier] ‘gingham curtains’
    • ‘The picnic table is spread with a red and whit gingham cloth.’
    • ‘Edith wore a sweet pink gingham dress with a white ruffle at the hem and a white apron.’
    • ‘She has a red and white gingham dress and blond pigtails.’
    • ‘It contained a four-poster bed with gingham curtains, a large rug, two large chairs, a bedside table, and a large bookshelf.’
    • ‘I thought my pink and white gingham check shirt was just the thing.’


Early 17th century: from Dutch gingang, from Malay genggang (originally an adjective meaning striped).