from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
- n. A twilled wool fabric or garment having such a pattern.
- n. A plaid fabric.
- n. A small, single-masted Mediterranean ship with a large lateen sail.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
- n. The pattern associated with such material.
- n. An individual or a group wearing tartan; a Highlander or Scotsman in general.
- n. Trade name of a synthetic resin, used for surfacing tracks etc.
- adj. Having a pattern like a tartan.
- adj. Scottish.
- v. To clothe in tartan.
- n. A type of one-masted vessel used in the Mediterranean.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Woolen cloth, checkered or crossbarred with narrow bands of various colors, much worn in the Highlands of Scotland; hence, any pattern of tartan; also, other material of a similar pattern.
- n. A small coasting vessel, used in the Mediterranean, having one mast carrying large leteen sail, and a bowsprit with staysail or jib.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A woolen or worsted cloth woven with lines or stripes of different colors crossing each other at right angles so as to form a definite pattern.
- n. The design or “set”of the colors in the cloth known as tartan. See set, n., 14.
- n. The check peculiar to this cloth. Also shepherd's plaid.
- Variegated with the cross-barred bands and stripes of color characteristic of the Scottish tartans, or with patterns of a similar kind.
- n. A vessel used in the Mediterranean for commercial and other purposes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a cloth having a crisscross design
Middle 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.
French tartane, from Provençal tartano, from Old Provençal tartana, buzzard, of imitative origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)
From French tartane, from Italian tartana, of unceertain origin. (Wiktionary)