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A Scottish cap with a snug headband and a loose crown, sometimes having a pompom, tassel, or feather in the center.

[After the hero of "Tam o' Shanter," a poem by Robert Burns .]
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(Clothing & Fashion) a Scottish brimless wool cap with a bobble in the centre, usually worn pulled down at one side. Also called: tam or tammy
[C19: named after the hero of Burns' poem Tam o' Shanter (1790)]
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(ˈtæm əˌʃæn tər)

a round, flat cap of Scottish origin, usu. of wool, with a pompom at its center.
[1880–85; after the hero of Tam O'Shanter (1791), poem by Robert Burns]
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Noun1.tam-o'-shanter - a woolen cap of Scottish origintam-o'-shanter - a woolen cap of Scottish origin  
cap - a tight-fitting headdress
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, tammy
n(schottische) Baskenmütze
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And she must tell me how Nelson had died, and I did want to know; so I went with her across the width of life from dawning boy's love for a brown-haired girl in a tam-o'-shanter back to the old sad savagery I had known.
The dress I wore was just that of a sailor come ashore from some coaster, a thick blue woollen shirt or rather a sort of jumper with a knitted cap like a tam-o'-shanter worn very much on one side and with a red tuft of wool in the centre.
As soon as I heard the heavy door close on him finally, I made a bolt for my shrimping-net and tam-o'-shanter and was just going to slip out, when I saw that my brother had left behind him one coin that lay gleaming on the long bench by the window.
On his head was a gigantic sort of tam-o'-shanter. His face was yellow and wrinkled, like that of Fook Shing, the Chinese bootmaker in the bazar.
Greeks were everywhere--swarthy men in sea-boots and tam-o'-shanters, hatless women in bright colors, hordes of sturdy children, and all speaking in outlandish voices, crying shrilly and vivaciously with the volubility of the Mediterranean.
I was as suspicious as many of my fellow battle-scarred Geordies at such nonsense about Ashley and, sure enough, anyone thinking that Mystical Mike was heading north in kilt and tam-o'-shanter with bagpies under his arm had their hopes cruelly dashed.
He added: "We got so used to wearing the tam-o'-shanter it had become a part of us.
Banwell stole the chillies, called Scotch bonnets because of their resemblance to a tam-o'-shanter, from Singh Stores in Bristol, the city's magistrates heard.
They seem oblivious at first, until one young fellow theatrically removes his jacket and tam-o'-shanter for the camera.
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