tar·​la·​tan | \ ˈtär-lə-tən How to pronounce tarlatan (audio) \

Definition of tarlatan

: a sheer cotton fabric in open plain weave usually heavily sized for stiffness

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Recent Examples on the Web Toiles are traditionally cut from off-white muslin, but for garments that were going to be black Balenciaga cut toiles from black percale, twill, or tarlatan. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, 9 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of tarlatan

circa 1741, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tarlatan

French tarlatane

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“Tarlatan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tarlatan. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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