sporran

noun
spor·​ran | \ ˈspȯr-ən How to pronounce sporran (audio) , ˈspär- \

Definition of sporran

: 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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First Known Use of sporran

1752, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sporran

Scottish Gaelic sporan purse

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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 8 Aug. 2020.

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