tar·​la·​tan ˈtär-lə-tən How to pronounce tarlatan (audio)
: a sheer cotton fabric in open plain weave usually heavily sized for stiffness

Examples of tarlatan in a Sentence

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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Word History


French tarlatane

First Known Use

circa 1741, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tarlatan was circa 1741

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“Tarlatan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tarlatan. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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