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Date: 1400-1500
Origin: Probably from Old French tiretaine type of cloth

tartan

noun
     
Related topics: Clothes and Fashion
tar‧tan
[uncountable and countable]DC a traditional Scottish pattern of coloured squares and crossed lines, or cloth, especially wool cloth, with this pattern [= plaid American English]
the MacGregor tartan (=the special pattern worn by the MacGregor family)
tartan adjective:
a tartan scarf

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