Tam o' Shanter
noun Date: 1791 1. the hero of Burns's poem Tam o' Shanter 2. (usually tam-o'-shanter) a woolen cap of Scottish origin with a tight headband, wide flat circular crown, and usually a pompon in the center

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  • tam o’ shanter — ➡ Tam o’ Shanter * * * …   Universalium

  • Tam-o'-shanter — Tam o shan ter, n. [So named after Tam o Shanter, a character in Burns s poem of the same name.] A kind of Scotch cap of wool, worsted, or the like, having a round, flattish top much wider than the band which fits the head, and usually having a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tam-o'-shanter — (n.) c.1840, type of bonnet formerly worn by Scottish plowmen, from Tam O Shanter Tom of Shanter, name of hero in a poem of the same name by Robert Burns, written 1790. The woolen cap became fashionable for ladies c.1887 …   Etymology dictionary

  • tam-o'-shanter — [tam′ə shan′tər] n. [< the name of the main character of Robert Burns s poem “Tam o Shanter”] a Scottish cap with a wide, round, flat top and, often, a center pompom …   English World dictionary

  • Tam O'Shanter — (1791) a long, humorous poem by Robert Burns, which tells the frightening story of a farmer called Tam O Shanter who is chased by ↑witches (=women with magic powers) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tam-o'-shanter — ► NOUN ▪ a round Scottish cap with a bobble in the centre. ORIGIN named after the hero of Robert Burns s poem Tam o Shanter (1790) …   English terms dictionary

  • tam-o'shanter — 7 [tam o shanter] [ˌtæməˈʃæntə(r)] [ˌtæməˈʃæntər] noun a round hat made of wool with a small ball made of wool in the centre, originally worn in Scotland …   Useful english dictionary

  • tam-o'-shanter — /tam euh shan teuhr, tam euh shan ter/, n. a cap of Scottish origin, usually made of wool, having a round, flat top that projects all around the head and has a pompon at its center. Also called tam. [1880 85; named after the hero of Tam O Shanter …   Universalium

  • tam-o'-shanter — tam o shan•ter [[t]ˈtæm əˌʃæn tər[/t]] n. clo a round, flat cap of Scottish origin, usu. of wool, with a pompom at its center • Etymology: 1880–85; after the hero of Tam O Shanter (1791), poem by Robert Burns …   From formal English to slang

  • Tam o’ Shanter — /tam ə shanˈtər/ noun 1. The hero of Burns s poem of the same name 2. A cap with broad circular flat top (informal tam or tammˈy) …   Useful english dictionary

  • tam-o'-shanter — [ˌtamə ʃantə] noun a round Scottish cap with a bobble in the centre. Origin C19: named after the hero of Robert Burns s poem Tam o Shanter (1790) …   English new terms dictionary

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