Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small village; a hamlet.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A rude stone sarcophagus; specifically, one large and massive enough to form a sort of monument. Also called clach and cist in England.
  • noun In Scotland, a small village or hamlet, especially one clustering around a parish church.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Scot. A small village containing a church.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Scotland A small village containing a church.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Partly from Irish clachán and partly from Scottish Gaelic clachan, both ultimately from Old Irish clochán, clachán, causeway, paved road, from cloch, clach, stone; akin to Welsh clwg, steep rock, cliff.]

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Scottish Gaelic.

Examples

  • The clamour was deafening at the lower end of the "clachan," where most of the show folk congregated.

    The Dew of Their Youth

  • To date, aside from a number of 'clachan' size clusters, only two new Irish speaking geographical communities have come about, the Shaw's Road Gaeltacht and the Gaeltacht in Ráth Cairn, Co. Meath.

    Slugger O'Toole

  • To date, aside from a number of 'clachan' size clusters, only two new Irish speaking geographical communities have come about, the Shaw's Road Gaeltacht and the Gaeltacht in Ráth Cairn, Co. Meath.

    Slugger O'Toole

  • To date, aside from a number of 'clachan' size clusters, only two new Irish speaking geographical communities have come about, the Shaw's Road Gaeltacht and the Gaeltacht in Ráth Cairn, Co. Meath.

    Slugger O'Toole

  • “I hae forgotten my spleuchan — Lachlan, gang down to the clachan, and bring me up a pennyworth of twist.”

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • Note 56: Campbell discusses the family-centered nature of eighteenth - and nineteenth-century rural Irish society — both the conjugal unit and the extended kinship network with its physical manifestation, the clachan (the traditional clustering of families in which kinship ties defined community boundaries and property was communally owned and rotated in a system known as rundale).

    Gutenber-e Help Page

  • Upon Tuesday, November 13th, 1666, Corporal George Deanes and three other soldiers set upon an old man in the clachan of Dalry and demanded the payment of his fines.

    Lay Morals

  • The field was a certain distance out of the clachan, and four persons, disguised as countrymen, who had been out on the moors all night, met this mournful drove of slaves, compelled by the four soldiers to work for the ruin of their friend.

    Lay Morals

  • A company, after having taken leave of their host, often went to finish the evening at the clachan or village, in ‘womb of tavern.’

    Waverley

  • He had been out, I believe, in 1715 and 1745, was an active partaker in all the stirring scenes which passed in the Highlands betwixt these memorable eras; and, I have heard, was remarkable, among other exploits, for having fought a duel with the broadsword with the celebrated Rob Roy MacGregor at the clachan of Balquidder.

    Waverley

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