Definition of tabby noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtæbi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæbi//
(pl. tabbies) (also tabby cat) Domesticated mammals
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a cat with brown or grey fur marked with dark lines or spots See related entries: Domesticated mammals Word Originlate 16th cent. (denoting a kind of silk taffeta, originally striped, later with a watered finish): from French tabis, based on Arabic al-‘Attābiyya, the name of the quarter of Baghdad where tabby was manufactured.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tabby