Definition of tarlatan in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtärlətn/


A thin, starched, open-weave muslin fabric, used for stiffening evening gowns.
Example sentences
  • It took merely a few minutes for her to grow bored, and she stood, and with wobbling limbs made her way to the bag, produced a flowered sage tarlatan dress, put it on, and straightened her hair.
  • Lon's heart skipped a beat when he saw her, standing in her pink tarlatan dress, her hair done up in curls, and her hand clutching a dainty glass of champagne.
  • Balanchine famously declared that "ballet is a woman," but the aphorism was far truer in Degas's day, when the ballet was an almost exclusively feminine preserve of layered tarlatan skirts, pink satin slippers and ribbons.


Early 18th century: from French tarlatane, probably of Indian origin.

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Syllabification: tar·la·tan

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