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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for callant
Historical Examples
  • But, if I was much affected, the callant Mungo was a great deal more.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch David Macbeth Moir
  • To think of a callant being keeped there, out of the knowledge of his ain country, and it a country like this!

    Merkland Mrs. Oliphant
  • Jean woman, if this callant was taking to ill courses like his faither, ye wad never haud up your head again.

    Merkland Mrs. Oliphant
  • I felt like a laddie again at the fishing, Mrs. Carmichael, just as light-hearted and happy as if I were a callant on the hills.

    Two Knapsacks

    John Campbell
  • The lad that sleeps in ane o' the beds, is a decent sort o' a callant.

  • Dreading the warst, as weel we micht, we prepared the auld house for defence—armed every man and callant—and keepit strict watch.

    The Mosstrooper Robert Scott Fittis
  • She told me she saw Robertson go into the ruins, so I made what haste I could to cleek the callant.

  • That callant's tongue will rin the head aff his ain shoulders, and waste my gudes to the very grey cloak on my back!

  • I'm much mista'en if I didna see a weel-faur'd callant cast lovin' een upon ye in the marketplace just now.

    The Manchester Rebels of the Fatal '45 William Harrison Ainsworth
  • No,” growled Andrew; “she said it wass nothing the matter with the callant, and she ought to ket oop and rin apoot.

    Steve Young George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for callant


(Scot) a youth; lad
Word Origin
C16: from Dutch or Flemish kalant customer, fellow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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