• WordNet 3.6
    • n tartan a cloth having a crisscross design
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tartan (Naut) A small coasting vessel, used in the Mediterranean, having one mast carrying large leteen sail, and a bowsprit with staysail or jib.
    • n Tartan 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. "MacCullummore's heart will be as cold as death can make it, when it does not warm to the tartan .""The sight of the tartan inflamed the populace of London with hatred."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tartan 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. This variegated cloth was formerly the distinctive dress of the Scottish Highlanders, the different clans having each its peculiar tartan. (See also cut under plaid.) More recently fancy tartans of various fabrics and with great variety in the patterns have been largely manufactured, especially for women's dresses.
    • n tartan The design or “set”of the colors in the cloth known as tartan. See set, n., 14.
    • n tartan The check peculiar to this cloth. Also shepherd's plaid.
    • tartan Variegated with the cross-barred bands and stripes of color characteristic of the Scottish tartans, or with patterns of a similar kind.
    • n tartan A vessel used in the Mediterranean for commercial and other purposes. It is furnished with a single mast, on which is rigged a large lateen sail, and with a bowsprit and foresail. When the wind is aft a squaresail may be hoisted.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tartan tär′tan a woollen or worsted stuff checked with various colours, once the distinctive dress of the Scottish Highlanders, each clan having its own pattern.
    • n Tartan tär′tan a Mediterranean vessel with lateen sail: a kind of long covered carriage
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. tiretane, linsey-woolsey, akin to Sp. tiritaña, a sort of thin silk; cf. Sp. tiritar, to shiver or shake with cold
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Ar. taridah, a small ship.


In literature:

He has continued to reside at St Ninians, and has been chiefly employed as a tartan weaver.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume VI" by Various
They'll be taking the tartan off us next maybe!
"John Splendid" by Neil Munro
Still, still thy enthusiast transports pervade The breast that is wrapt in the green tartan plaid.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
Moreover, Edward could see from the tartans of his captors that they were not of the Clan Ivor.
"Red Cap Tales" by Samuel Rutherford Crockett
A body of Highlanders, in the Campbell tartan, for a moment blocked the way.
"Graham of Claverhouse" by Ian Maclaren
Master made all the tartans himself afore we left off trade.
"Tales from Blackwood, Volume 7" by Various
For a moment the castle walls were alive with fluttering tartans, strongly illuminated by the torches from the outer bailey.
"A Prince of Good Fellows" by Robert Barr
I always did like a good rich tartan.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 4, August 1908" by Various
She was lying as before, her eyes closed and her hands clasped lightly over the tartan rug.
"Command" by William McFee
Kilt and plaid are of tartan; and sometimes tartan "trews," i.e.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various

In poetry:

First when he cam' to view our land,
The gracefu' looks o' the princely laddie
Made a' our true Scots hearts to warm,
And blythe to wear the tartan plaidie.
"My Bonnie Hieland Laddie" by Carolina Oliphant
The flowing tartan and the eagle plume,
The gathering, and the glories of the clan,
Let others sing, we will not so presume,
We bring our humble tribute to the man.
"Address To The Hon. Malcolm Cameron" by Nora Pembroke
Or did the tartaned stranger call thee where
Mount Cashel's Lord rules o'er a fair domain?
Or grass grown ruin all that's left to bear
Of a lost race the all but fading name?
"Lines To A Shamrock" by Nora Pembroke
Yet 'tis a brave one, scorning wind and weather,
And fitted for thy couch, on field and flood,
A Rob Roy's tartan for the Highland heather,
Or forest green for England's Robin Hood.
"Red Jacket" by Fitz-Greene Halleck
Oh! it was a most beautiful and magnificent display
To see the Highland Brigade in their tartan array,
And their tall bending plumes in a long line,
The scene was inspiring and really sublime.
"The Battle of Alma" by William Topaz McGonagall
How widely soe'er you have strayed from the fold,
Though your "thee" has grown "you," and your drab blue and gold,
To the old friendly speech and the garb's sober form,
Like the heart of Argyle to the tartan, you warm.
"The Quaker Alumni" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Tartan 's Brookins decommits from U to Badgers.
A bagpiper marches in the annual Tartan Day Parade along 6th Avenue on April 14th.
One of the plaidest days of the 44th Annual RBC Heritage is Tartan Day.
The Tartan 4000 is Cruising World 's Best Midsize Cruiser, 40 to 45 feet.
AOT Celtics 84, North Tartan 78.
In the AAU 11th Grade Gold Super Showcase semifinals, AOT Celtics beat North Tartan , 84-78.
More than half the states, all the Canadian provinces, many businesses, universities, branches of the military, and even foreign countries have their own tartans .
Ochoa remains hot, torches Tartan Fields.
"A Christmas Story" will be performed at Tartan Theatre at 7 pm, Nov 23, 24, 29, 30, and Dec 1, and at 2 pm Nov 25 and Dec 2.
Tartans the team to beat in Foothills.
Andrew's Episcopal Church in Ben Lomond hosted its annual Kirking O' the Tartans and Feast of St Andrew on Saturday, Nov 17.
Land of the Sky Barbershop Chorus will perform at 3 pm Aug 19 in Tartan Hall at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Franklin.
Tartan evening benefits Scotland study.
Sara Duke, Keegan Gore, and Kelsey Schiller are costumed as Santa and elves as the cast rehearses on stage in Tartan's "A Christmas Story".
Brooks Brothers Debuts New Signature Tartan, Opens Highland Dress Store.

In science:

We have purchased a commercial C++ compiler specifically for the Texas Instruments DSP from Tartan, Inc.
QCDSP: The first 64 nodes