Definition of tattersall in US English:


(also tattersall check)


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

    ‘a tattersall shirt’
    ‘watch for a return to tattersall checks’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We think that will continue, but the new additions will be stripes and tattersalls.’
    • ‘Same thing, wore those tattersall shirts and, you know, corduroy pants.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And what you would have formerly thought of as sporty - tattersalls, gingham checks, and subtle plaids - now come in dressed-up versions.’


Late 19th century: named after Tattersalls, by association with the traditional design of horse blankets.