Coined in its current sense by the English cookery writer Dorothy Hartley in her book Food in England in 1954, but probably derived from a similar dialect word with variant spellings (e.g. tranklement, tanchiment) used before that date across North and Central England and meaning "ornaments, trinkets; bits of things".
tracklement (plural tracklements)
- (Britain, rare) A savoury condiment (for example a mustard, relish or chutney), especially one served with meat.
- 1992, Simon Scott, Cruising Guide to the Virgin Islands, 1993-1994, page 140:
- preserves, conserves and homemade tracklements are sold at
- 2004, Katharine Weber, The Little Women, page 159:
- nestled together in a cunning arrangement, ornamented by the tracklements she had labored to obtain for her friends
- 2006, Janet MacDonald, Feeding Nelson's Navy: The True Story of Food at Sea in the Georgian Era, page 128:
- The content of these stores, as well as wine, would mostly be preserved foodstuffs and tracklements.