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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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "VOTE NOW in the Ad Meter 30th Anniversary Bracket Final 4," 26 Jan. 2018 Joe dressed up as a dalmatian and Sophie stepped out as a bunny. Peggy Truong, Cosmopolitan, "A Definitive Timeline of Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner’s Relationship," 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, "Inside Eckhaus Latta and Camper’s Conceptual Halloween Costume Contest," 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, "See the First Photos of the Future King and Queen of the North," 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, "Fox Lake public art project lights way for second year," 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, "Mini-marathon runners do it for the solitude. Or the chance to dress up like sheep.," 6 May 2017

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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 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dalmatian

: a type of dog that has short white fur with many black or brown spots


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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