cateran

noun
cat·​er·​an | \ ˈka-tə-rən How to pronounce cateran (audio) \

Definition of cateran

: a former military irregular or brigand of the Scottish Highlands

First Known Use of cateran

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cateran

Middle English (Scots) ketharan, probably from Medieval Latin katheranus, from Scottish Gaelic ceithearn band of fighting men

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“Cateran.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cateran. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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