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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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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.
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.