tartan

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noun tar·tan \ˈtär-tən\

Definition of tartan

  1. 1 :  a plaid textile design of Scottish origin consisting of stripes of varying width and color usually patterned to designate a distinctive clan

  2. 2a :  a twilled woolen fabric with tartan designb :  a fabric with tartan design

  3. 3 :  a garment of tartan design

Examples of tartan in a sentence

  1. a kilt in the clan's tartan

Origin and Etymology of tartan

perhaps from Medieval French tiretaine linsey-woolsey


First Known Use: circa 1500


TARTAN Defined for English Language Learners

tartan

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noun tar·tan \ˈtär-tən\

Definition of tartan for English Language Learners

  • : a traditional Scottish cloth pattern of stripes in different colors and widths that cross each other to form squares

  • : fabric with a tartan pattern


TARTAN Defined for Kids

tartan

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noun tar·tan \ˈtär-tən\

Definition of tartan for Students

  1. :  a woolen cloth with a plaid design originally made in Scotland



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