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tartan


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A woollen cloth woven in one of several patterns of coloured checks and intersecting lines, especially of a design associated with a particular Scottish clan. (The attribution of particular designs is comparatively modern, dating from around 1800.)

Recorded from the late 15th century, the word may come from Old French tertaine, denoting a kind of cloth; compare with tartarin, a rich fabric formerly imported from the east through Tartary.


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