Definition of tartan
1 : a plaid textile design of Scottish origin consisting of stripes of varying width and color usually patterned to designate a distinctive clan
2a : a twilled woolen fabric with tartan designb : a fabric with tartan design
3 : a garment of tartan design
Examples of tartan in a Sentence
a kilt in the clan's tartan
Recent Examples of tartan from the Web
A swarm of aircabs, veloces, skiffs, flashes, and baggage tartans (whose heavy-winged tugs that can barely do 30 kilometers an hour) bustled to and fro….
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Origin and Etymology of tartan
perhaps from Middle French tiretaine linsey-woolsey
First Known Use: circa 1500
TARTAN Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of tartan for Students
: a woolen cloth with a plaid design originally made in Scotland
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