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
Styles chose a white and red tartan suit with a white button down shirt, leaving the top few buttons undone to expose his cross necklace.
But the garment itself, measured and manufactured in Fort Worth using tartan shipped in from Scotland, is one of a kind.
A ceremony to bless the tartans and the families represented by the cloth follows a brief homily.
The department store and jacket brand teamed up to create a limited run of the classic G9 Harrington jacket in two styles—one lined with leopard print, the other with tartan.
The table centerpieces also followed the theme with vases of sunflowers set on Scottish tartan mats.
ORDER THE: Café crème; pour-over; hot chocolate; house-baked bread with Beillevaire butter; tartan of the day.
FacebookTwitterPinterest 1/17| A daytime blue tartan suit by Emanuel Courtesy of Kensington Palace/Richard Lea-Hair.
Nearby stands a recent Christmas gift from a customer: a life-size statue of Mr. Murray, wearing a Scottish kilt in the Clan Murray tartan.
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Origin and Etymology of tartan
perhaps from Middle French tiretaine linsey-woolsey
First Known Use: circa 1500See Words from the same year
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: a woolen cloth with a plaid design originally made in Scotland
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