how to pronounce tartan


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the above transcription of tartan is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

tartan is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of tartan in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… and orange tartan you've got this …”

meanings of tartan


  1. A kind of long covered carriage.
  2. A kind of woven woollen cloth with a distinctive pattern of coloured stripes intersecting at right angles, associated with Scottish Highlanders, different clans and some Scottish families and institutions having their own distinctive patterns.
  3. Trade name of a synthetic resin, used for surfacing tracks etc.
  4. A type of one-masted vessel used in the Mediterranean.
  5. An individual or a group wearing tartan; a Highlander or Scotsman in general.
  6. The pattern associated with such material.


  1. Scottish.
  2. Having a pattern like a tartan.


  1. To clothe in tartan.


  1. The commander-in-chief of ancient Assyria.

tartan frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word tartan occurs in english on average 2.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

words that rhyme with tartan


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