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Catalan

[kat-l-an, -uh n, kat-l-an]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to Catalonia, its inhabitants, or their language.
noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of Catalonia.
  2. a Romance language closely related to Provençal, spoken in Catalonia, Valencia, the Balearic Islands, Andorra, southern France, and western Sardinia.

Origin of Catalan

1375–1425; late Middle English < Spanish
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Examples from the Web for catalan

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  • As for these Catalan priests who are coming in here, I cannot abide them.

    Ramona

    Helen Hunt Jackson

  • In 1381 he accepted an offer to become the sovereign of the Catalan duchy of Athens.

    A History of Spain

    Charles E. Chapman

  • Catalan commerce was so great in volume that it rivalled that of the Italian cities.

    A History of Spain

    Charles E. Chapman

  • Intimately related to the wars just referred to was the Catalan revolt.

    A History of Spain

    Charles E. Chapman

  • Francisco Ferrer was born in 1859, the son of a poor Catalan farmer.

    A History of Spain

    Charles E. Chapman


British Dictionary definitions for catalan

Catalan

noun
  1. a language of Catalonia, quite closely related to Spanish and Provençal, belonging to the Romance group of the Indo-European family
  2. a native or inhabitant of Catalonia
adjective
  1. denoting, relating to, or characteristic of Catalonia, its inhabitants, or their language
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Word Origin and History for catalan

Catalan

adj.

"pertaining to Catalonia," also as a noun, "person from Catalonia," late 15c., from the indigenous name, which is of Celtic origin and probably means "chiefs of battle." As a noun meaning "a Catalan," Middle English used Catelaner (mid-14c.), Catellain (early 15c., from French). As a language name in English by 1792. Related: Catalonian (1707).

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