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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)

  1. (UK, rare) A savoury condiment (for example a mustard, relish or chutney), especially one served with meat.
    • 1992, Simon Scott with Nancy 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.