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clachan

[klah-khuh n, kla-]
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noun Scot., Irish.
  1. a small village or hamlet.

Origin of clachan

1375–1425; late Middle English (Scots) < Scots Gaelic, equivalent to clach stone + -an diminutive suffix
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Examples from the Web for clachan

Historical Examples

  • The “Clachan” is now all spick and span; but its surroundings are the same.

    The Rivers of Great Britain: Rivers of the East Coast

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  • Night lay passively upon the sea, upon the isle, upon the clachan.

  • Hewson is still in the clachan hard by when he urges his friend to come to him: and he comes.

    The Germ

    Various

  • These important news were soon diffused through the clachan.

  • On November 14 some of them mishandled an old man in the clachan of Dalry, on the Ken.


British Dictionary definitions for clachan

clachan

noun
  1. Scot and Irish dialect a small village; hamlet

Word Origin

C15: from Scottish Gaelic: probably from clach stone
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Word Origin and History for clachan

n.

"small village" (Scottish and Irish), early 15c., from Gaelic clach (plural clachan) "stone."

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