Definition of clachan in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈklaKHən/
Pronunciation: /ˈklakən/


(In Scotland or Northern Ireland) a small village or hamlet.
Example sentences
  • Our developments anchor on the idea of the clachan or hamlet.
  • Head up the north-east side of the river bank and past the remains of an old village or clachan - another sad reminder of a previous way of life.
  • The Glencoe Visitor Centre, run by the National Trust for Scotland, is designed as a traditional ‘clachan,’ or Highland village.


Late Middle English: from Scottish Gaelic and Irish clachán.

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Syllabification: cla·chan

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