Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[kah-luh nt] /ˈkɑ lənt/
noun, Chiefly Scot.
a lad; boy.
Also, callan
[kah-luh n] /ˈkɑ lən/ (Show IPA)
Origin of callant
1710-20; < Dutch kalant fellow, chap, customer < Old North French caland customer Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for callan
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Malign such an one, the amiable Miss callan, who is the lustre of her own sex and the astonishment of ours?

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • In due time Mr callan came down in his night-cap, lantern in hand.

    Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
  • Eleven men, including callan and two of his fellow ringleaders, were dead.

    Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
  • When we were inside, the gate was shut, and Mr callan turned his lantern towards me.

    Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
  • On arriving in callan the travellers were received with every demonstration of sympathy and welcome.

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

  • callan and the others looked wisely at the mendacious instrument, and then began to sheer off with the best grace they could.

    Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
British Dictionary definitions for callan


(Scot) a youth; lad
Word Origin
C16: from Dutch or Flemish kalant customer, fellow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for callant

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for callan

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for callan