sporran

noun

spor·​ran ˈspȯr-ən How to pronounce sporran (audio)
ˈspär-
: a pouch usually of skin with the hair or fur on that is worn in front of the kilt with Scots Highland dress

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Examples of sporran in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web WATCH Out of Quito and into Ecuador's Wild Monty Lewis is one of just five craftspeople in the UK who still makes traditional dress sporrans using goat hide and horsehair. Karen Gardiner, Condé Nast Traveler, 24 Oct. 2023 Hotel guests can book an in-person or virtual appointment with Lewis to create their bespoke sporran. Karen Gardiner, Condé Nast Traveler, 24 Oct. 2023 At Monday's ceremony, King Charles wore traditional Scottish garb, including a kilt, knee socks and a sporran (a pouch — after all, kilts traditionally don't have pockets!). Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 21 Aug. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Scottish Gaelic sporan purse

First Known Use

1752, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sporran was in 1752

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“Sporran.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sporran. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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sporran

noun
spor·​ran ˈspȯr-ən How to pronounce sporran (audio)
ˈspär-
: a pouch usually of skin with the fur on that is worn in front of the kilt by Highlanders in full dress
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