1. yarn-dyed, plain-weave cotton fabric, usually striped or checked.


  1. textiles
    1. a cotton fabric, usually woven of two coloured yarns in a checked or striped design
    2. (as modifier)a gingham dress

1610s, from Dutch gingang, traders’ rendering of a Malay word said to be ginggang “striped,” used as a noun with the sense of “striped cotton.” Cf. French guingan, Spanish guinga, Italian gingano, German gingang.

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