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callant

[kah-luh nt]
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noun Chiefly Scot.
  1. a lad; boy.
Also cal·lan [kah-luh n] /ˈkɑ lən/.

Origin of callant

1710–20; < Dutch kalant fellow, chap, customer < Old North French caland customer
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Examples from the Web for callan

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  • In due time Mr Callan came down in his night-cap, lantern in hand.

    Kilgorman

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • When we were inside, the gate was shut, and Mr Callan turned his lantern towards me.

    Kilgorman

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • Eleven men, including Callan and two of his fellow ringleaders, were dead.

    Kilgorman

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • Cullen is spelled Callan, and is described as Bothwells chalmer-chiel.

  • Neither Mrs. Callan nor the buckboard was available, but they were welcome to the horse.

    Rolf In The Woods

    Ernest Thompson Seton


British Dictionary definitions for callan

callant

callan (ˈkælən)

noun
  1. Scot a youth; lad

Word Origin

C16: from Dutch or Flemish kalant customer, fellow
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