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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Gingham \Ging"ham\, n. [F. guingan; cf. Jav. ginggang; or perh. fr. Guingamp, in France.] A kind of cotton or linen cloth, usually in stripes or checks, the yarn of which is dyed before it is woven; -- distinguished from printed cotton or prints. [1913 Webster]