rat·​tan | \ ra-ˈtan How to pronounce rattan (audio) , rə- \

Definition of rattan

1 : a rattan cane or switch
2a : a climbing palm (especially of the genera Calamus and Daemonorops) with very long tough stems
b : a part of the jointed stem of a rattan used especially for furniture, wickerwork, and walking sticks

Examples of rattan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Plus, the space was realized by Lebanese firms like architect Nasser Nakib, textile design studio Bokja, and rattan artisan Barbour. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 14 Jan. 2022 There is also a minor epidemic of troll players wielding two rattan Kali sticks that seem to grant them the speed of a mongoose that’s been mainlining methamphetamines. Washington Post, 3 Dec. 2021 Sectional, patterned pillows, swing chairs, and rattan lanterns: Serena & Lily. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, 16 Sep. 2021 The company made wicker and rattan furniture in the most popular Victorian styles, including Aesthetic, Art Deco and Arts & Crafts. oregonlive, 3 Nov. 2021 To oversee this work, Boris and Carrie commissioned an interior designer named Lulu Lytle, known for her chintz patterns, her rattan furniture, and her interest in Egyptology. Lara Prendergast, Harper's Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 Or consider some chic backyard picnic supplies, like a personalized rattan tote, wine and cheese backpack, steel or copper growler, acrylic glasses and linen napkins, all with monograms available. San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Oct. 2021 The corner seats have multiple reclining positions for outdoor lounging, and it's made from weather-resistant rattan with removable, machine-washable seat covers. Lily Gray, PEOPLE.com, 22 Oct. 2021 The Coastal Living Use rattan instead of wicker to give your outdoor furniture a coastal yet modern feel. Monica Mendal, Vogue, 21 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of rattan

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

History and Etymology for rattan

Malay rotan

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20 Jan 2022

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“Rattan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rattan. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of rattan

: a plant with very long, strong stems that are woven together to make baskets, furniture, etc.

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