from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Handmade lace fashioned by looping and knotting a single strand of heavy-duty thread on a small hand shuttle.
  • n. The act or art of making such lace.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A form of looped and knotted lace needlework made from a single thread.
  • n. The art of making such lace.
  • v. Present participle of tat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of lace made from common sewing thread, with a peculiar stitch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of knotted work, done with cotton or linen thread with a shuttle, reproducing in make and appearance the gimp laces or knotted laces of the sixteenth century, and used for doilies, collars, trimmings, etc.
  • n. The act of making such lace.
  • n. Same as tatty.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act or art of making handmade lace
  • n. needlework consisting of handmade lace made by looping and knotting a single thread on a small shuttle


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Origin unknown.


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