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 While rattan and wicker continue to be a staple of indoor décor, natural materials appear to be getting hotter on the outside, too. Marisa Spyker, Southern Living, "Shop Wayfair’s 2021 Outdoor Living Trend Report for Your Most Stylish Patio Ever," 29 Apr. 2021 It’s made from an aluminum frame and synthetic rattan. Shari Uyehara, NBC News, "Best outdoor furniture sales 2021: The best sales happening now," 5 Mar. 2021 Staggered rattan Selamat lights hang in the entry setting a casual, coastal mood right after walking through the blue front door. Tommy Agriodimas., House Beautiful, "This Hamptons Retreat by Lauren Wills Redefines Mint Condition," 9 Feb. 2021 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

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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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8 May 2021

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“Rattan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rattan. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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