What It Is:
: a pouch, usually of skin with the hair or fur on, that is worn in front of the kilt with Scots Highland dress
About the Word:
The traditional kilt is without a pocket, so a sporran does the job instead. The word comes from the Scottish Gaelic word for "purse" (sporan).
There's a sporran for every occasion: dress, casual, and playing the bagpipes; some regimental bagpipe bands feature hairy sporrans (sporans molach), which are decorated with horse or goat hair.