Definition of tattersall in English:


(also tattersall check)


  • A woolen fabric with a pattern of colored checks and intersecting lines, resembling a tartan.

    • ‘We think that will continue, but the new additions will be stripes and tattersalls.’
    • ‘A subtle palette of brown and white accented with deep blue is the common thread that runs throughout the house - in dark wood furniture and tactile fabrics, such as mohair, linen, tattersall, and challis.’
    • ‘Same thing, wore those tattersall shirts and, you know, corduroy pants.’
    • ‘And what you would have formerly thought of as sporty - tattersalls, gingham checks, and subtle plaids - now come in dressed-up versions.’
    • ‘The men's style tailored suits were fantastic, an excellent example being his taupe - stone silk tattersall double breasted pantsuit paired with a matching Balmacaan coat.’


Late 19th century: named after Tattersalls, an English firm of horse auctioneers (named after the horseman Richard Tattersall (1724–95)), by association with the traditional design of horse blankets.