A woolen cloth woven in one of several patterns of plaid, especially of a design associated with a particular Scottish clan.
- The company directors of Beartas designed a new tartan, woven in Harris Tweed and called the ‘Isle of Harris Tartan’.
- If designing a new tartan will save the Scottish Socialist party from dying out completely, I'm willing to have a go.
- The revival of the house of Burberry is having an impact too as checks and colourful tartans abound on trousers and skirts.
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Used allusively in reference to Scotland or the Scots.
- Scotland isn't just tartan fun and highland jinks, it's urban youth culture as well.
- The first is a negative tartan tax to incentivise business location in Scotland.
- This is partly because the much - maligned tartan tax has turned into a remarkably effective instrument of fiscal continence.
Words that rhyme with tartanAkhenaten, Akhetaten, Aten, Barton, carton, Dumbarton, hearten, Parton, smarten, spartan
Early 17th century: from French tartane, from Italian tartana, perhaps from Arabic ṭarīda.
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