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 In the family room of a Pittsburgh Tudor Revival house designed by Janine Carendi MacMurray, the custom sofas are in a Schumacher fabric, and a 19th-century Chinese rattan bed is used as a cocktail table. Cynthia Frank, ELLE Decor, "How a 1902 Tudor Revival House Got a Warm, Modern Update," 14 Oct. 2020 Check out these fresh rattan furniture finds to add texture and style to your space. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, "8 Rattan Furniture Finds that Show This Natural Material Isn't Just for Outdoors," 4 Sep. 2020 Courtesy of Pottery Barn Dress up your front door with this festive black rattan wreath. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "Pottery Barn's Gorgeous New Halloween Collection Just Dropped," 5 Aug. 2020 This summer-ready furniture features top-quality rattan and a strong steel frame, providing plenty of durability. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "The 7 best things to buy from Walmart's massive patio furniture sale," 10 June 2020 Measuring 16 inches in diameter, the tray is made of rattan and covered in a glossy lacquered finish for durability. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Target's New Outdoor Tableware Will Make You Want to Eat on the Patio Every Night," 27 May 2020 An easy way to determine if your furniture is bamboo or rattan is to see if any of the canes are bent or curved. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Every Home Should Have a Touch of Vintage Bamboo," 19 Nov. 2019 For example, if the room is an outdoor patio, playing with rope or cane mimics the rattan in a space. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "9 Designers Share How They Hide Cords In Interiors," 22 July 2019 Plus warm wood tones complement the tan rattan creating a more cohesive look. Maddie Hiatt, House Beautiful, "Everything I Bought At Pier 1, West Elm and Crate and Barrel for Outdoor Dining," 28 June 2019

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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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The first known use of rattan was in 1606

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“Rattan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rattan. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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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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