Definitions

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

  • n. A thin, stiffly starched muslin in open plain weave.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A thin muslin with an open weave once used for ball-gowns etc

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of thin, transparent muslin, used for dresses.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A very thin muslin, so open in texture as to be transparent, and often rather coarse in quality. It is used for women's evening dress, for widows' caps, etc.

Etymologies

French tarlatane, alteration of earlier tarnatane.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • This is commonly done on tarlatan, a coarsely woven, heavily starched, and who-knows-what-else fabric made of cotton.

    Don't Wear Green Tarletan Dresses - A Dress A Day

  • Maybe Scarlett OHaras apple-green tarlatan caused her mood swings.

    Don't Wear Green Tarletan Dresses - A Dress A Day

  • I read this post and had to google tarlatan to know what it was.

    Don't Wear Green Tarletan Dresses - A Dress A Day

  • Attention has very frequently been called to the presence of large amounts of arsenic in green tarlatan, which has given rise so many times to dangerous symptoms of poisoning when made into dresses and worn, so that it is very rare now to see a green tarlatan dress.

    January 2010

  • But green tarlatan is not the only fabric which contains arsenic.

    January 2010

  • From the look in Miss Green Dresss eyes, I think that gown may be made of green tarlatan.

    Two for Thursday, Plus Send Me Book Links Please - A Dress A Day

  • I wore white tarlatan over white silk, and the first skirt was looped up to my knee with a blush rose.

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton

  • The receipted bills in the National Archives show that she purchased chairs, sofas, and hassocks; fabrics of damask, brocade, pink tarlatan, plush, and “French Satin DeLaine”; wallpaper imported from France; and a full set of Haviland china in “Solferino and gold,” with the American coat of arms in the center of each plate.

    LINCOLN AT HOME

  • Maybelle Merriwether went toward the next booth on the arm of the Zouave, in an apple-green tarlatan so wide that it reduced her waist to nothingness.

    Gone with the Wind

  • Fan's blue tarlatan, and I know I could behave as well as any one, and have lots of partners, though I 'm not in that set.

    An Old-Fashioned Girl

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