noun tar·tan \ˈtär-tən\

: a traditional Scottish cloth pattern of stripes in different colors and widths that cross each other to form squares

: fabric with a tartan pattern

Full Definition of TARTAN

:  a plaid textile design of Scottish origin consisting of stripes of varying width and color usually patterned to designate a distinctive clan
a :  a twilled woolen fabric with tartan design
b :  a fabric with tartan design
:  a garment of tartan design

Examples of TARTAN

  1. a kilt in the clan's tartan

Origin of TARTAN

perhaps from Middle French tiretaine linsey-woolsey
First Known Use: circa 1500

Rhymes with TARTAN


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