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[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
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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
  • Mr. callan asked whether the Government would remit the penalty.

  • He and his friend Mr. Cooper, the parson of callan, were robbed of all their horses, and thus deprived of the means of escape.

British Dictionary definitions for callan


(Scot) a youth; lad
Word Origin
C16: from Dutch or Flemish kalant customer, fellow
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