rattan

noun

rat·​tan ra-ˈtan How to pronounce rattan (audio)
rə-
1
: a rattan cane or switch
2
a
: 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 The sturdy metal frame is wrapped in water- and UV-resistant rattan and has a handy canopy for keeping cool in the shade. Ali Faccenda, Peoplemag, 7 June 2024 The egg chair is made of rattan and wicker along with a sturdy aluminum frame to hold the shape. Nicol Natale, Peoplemag, 26 May 2024 This bar cart is made to order and forged from a rare rattan. Maria Conti, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 May 2024 Each armrest is made from sustainable and naturally water-resistant acacia wood and the base of the sectional is made from all-weather rattan that can withstand everything from the harsh sun to the rain. Stephanie Osmanski, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 May 2024 Combining rattan and steel for a durable set, this top seller from Amazon (more than 14,000 ratings average 4.5 stars) is a great choice for anyone who wants an attractive conversation for two without breaking the bank. Kelsey Chapman, ABC News, 27 Mar. 2024 Each piece is made of a steel frame with all-weather rattan and features anti-slip silicone and adjustable feet to keep it in place. Bridget Degnan, Southern Living, 7 Mar. 2024 The rattan is sturdy despite the delicate appearance. Megan Ulu-Lani Boyanton, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Nov. 2023 Note that the fabric is washable and the rattan is cooling to keep you comfortable all summer long. Sophie Mendel, Travel + Leisure, 2 July 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Malay rotan

First Known Use

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

Time Traveler
The first known use of rattan was in 1606

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Cite this Entry

“Rattan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rattan. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

rattan

noun
rat·​tan ra-ˈtan How to pronounce rattan (audio)
rə-
1
: a climbing palm with very long tough stems
2
: a part of a rattan stem used especially for furniture and wickerwork

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