Definition of tatterdemalion in English:

tatterdemalion

Line breaks: tat¦ter|de¦ma¦lion
Pronunciation: /ˌtatədɪˈmeɪljən
 
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adjective

  • Tattered or dilapidated.
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    • Al's tatterdemalion figure was washed out in a psychedelic rainbow as Sam Beckett leaped again.
    • In the haphazard tatterdemalion surroundings of sheds and abandoned industrial buildings, the new centre stands out as an organized oasis.
    • They began with a tatterdemalion parade of musicians and baton twirlers down the aisle and onto the stage.

noun

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  • A person in tattered clothing.
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    • In a free society, why should anyone stand in the way of another person's transformation from tatterdemalion to goddess?

Origin

early 17th century: from tatters or tattered: ending unexplained.

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