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Definition of tartan noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] a pattern of squares and lines of different colors and widths that cross each other at an angle of 90°, used especially on cloth, and originally from Scotland a tartan rug
  2. 2[countable] a tartan pattern connected with a particular group of families (= a clan ) in Scotland the MacLeod tartan
  3. 3[uncountable] cloth, especially made of wool, that has a tartan pattern compare plaid
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: tartan