noun, often capitalized
dal·​ma·​tian | \ dal-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce dalmatian (audio) \

Definition of dalmatian

: any of a breed of medium-sized dogs having a white short-haired coat with many black or brown spots

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Examples of dalmatian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Don't get me wrong, this brings us joy: My daughter is going as a dalmatian. Tess Taylor, CNN, 30 Oct. 2021 Despite their absence from the baptism, Khloé and her daughter have been having a tail-wagging good time as of late, dressing up as Cruella de Vil and a tiny dalmatian from 101 Dalmatians for Halloween last month. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, 6 Nov. 2019 This 60-second ad features a wannabe Budweiser Clydesdale training for a spot on the beer wagon team in a Rocky-style montage, aided by a dalmatian of course. Alan Siegel, Ad Meter, 26 Jan. 2018 Joe dressed up as a dalmatian and Sophie stepped out as a bunny. Peggy Truong, Cosmopolitan, 16 Oct. 2017 Latta, dressed as a dalmatian, then asked the crowd to part for the runway show/costume contest, judged by Pauly Shore. Jack Sunnucks, Vogue, 30 Oct. 2017 Joe and Sophie first announced their engagement on Oct. 15, less than one year after the couple sparked dating rumors at a Halloween party (where Joe dressed up as a dalmatian and Sophie put on bunny ears). Peggy Truong, Cosmopolitan, 18 Oct. 2017 Sparky is an old fire hydrant painted to look like a Dalmatian by Laura Rudkin last summer for the village of Fox Lake's inaugural outdoor public art exhibition. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, 11 July 2017 There were also people who dressed up like dalmatians and comic book heroes and who wore elf ears and viking hats. Robert King, Indianapolis Star, 6 May 2017 See More

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First Known Use of dalmatian

1824, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dalmatian

from the supposed origin of the breed in Dalmatia

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“Dalmatian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dalmatian. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for dalmatian


noun, often capitalized
dal·​ma·​tian | \ dal-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce dalmatian (audio) \

Kids Definition of dalmatian

: a large dog having a short white coat with black or brown spots

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