cat·​er·​an ˈka-tə-rən How to pronounce cateran (audio)
: a former military irregular or brigand of the Scottish Highlands

Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cateran was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cateran.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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