- woolen cloth with a woven pattern of straight lines of different colors and widths crossing at right angles, esp. as traditionally worn in the Scottish Highlands, with each clan having its own pattern
- any plaid cloth like this
- any tartan pattern
- a garment made of tartan
Origin of tartanprobably ; from Middle French tiretaine, a cloth of mixed fibers ; from Old French tiret, a kind of cloth ; from tire, cloth (of silk) from the East ; from Medieval Latin tyrius, material from Tyre ; from Classical Latin Tyrus, Tyre; spelling, spelled influenced, influence by Middle English tartarin, a rich material ; from Middle French (drap) tartarin, Tartar (cloth)
Origin of tartanFrench tartane ; from Italian tartana, probably ultimately ; from Arabic tarr?d (colloq. form ta?r?da), small, swift kind of ship
Origin of tartanFrench tartane, from Provençal tartano, from Old Provençal tartana, buzzard, of imitative origin.
- a. Any of numerous textile patterns consisting of stripes of varying widths and colors crossed at right angles against a solid background, each forming a distinctive design worn by the members of a Scottish clan.b. A twilled wool fabric or garment having such a pattern.
- A plaid fabric.
Origin of tartanMiddle English tartane, possibly from Old French tiretaine, linsey-woolsey, probably from tiret, a kind of cloth, from tire, silk cloth, from Latin Tyrius, Tyrian (cloth), from Tyrus, Tyre.
- A kind of woven woollen cloth with a distinctive pattern of coloured stripes intersecting at right angles, associated with Scottish Highlanders, different clans having their own distinctive patterns.
- The pattern associated with such material.
- An individual or a group wearing tartan; a Highlander or Scotsman in general.
- Trade name of a synthetic resin, used for surfacing tracks etc.
(comparative more tartan, superlative most tartan)
- Having a pattern like a tartan.
- (humorous) Scottish.
(third-person singular simple present tartans, present participle tartaning, simple past and past participle tartaned)
- To clothe in tartan.
Blend of Middle English tartaryn (“rich material"), from Middle French tartarin (“Tartar cloth"), and Middle French tiretaine (“cloth of mixed fibers"), from Old French tiret (“kind of cloth"), from tire (“oriental cloth of silk"), from Medieval Latin tyrius (“material from Tyre"), from Latin Tyrus (“Tyre").
- A type of one-masted vessel used in the Mediterranean.