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[tahr-luh-tn, -tuh n] /ˈtɑr lə tn, -tən/
a thin, plain-weave, open-mesh cotton fabric finished with stiffening agents and sometimes glazed.
Origin of tarlatan
1720-30; < French tarlatane, dissimilated variant of tarnatane kind of cloth orig. imported from India < ? Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for tarlatan
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  • A lady comes home at midnight from a ball, in a tarlatan frock.

    Wagner at Home Judith Gautier
  • tarlatan already prepared, may be purchased at the upholsterers'.

  • Look, we'll put the tarlatan away in the drawer I take my things out of.

    Carnival Compton Mackenzie
  • It seems to me that tulle and tarlatan and maline were your dope.

    Out of the Air Inez Haynes Irwin
  • The next morning Nan was tacking up some tarlatan at a window to keep the midges out.

  • The beams rose high above their heads, and a musty smell of tarlatan and muslin and cheese-cloth filled the air.

    Smith College Stories Josephine Dodge Daskam
  • After the march, ten ballet girls in tarlatan skirts, their faces concealed by little black satin masks, gave a performance.

  • The other dress is of white net or tarlatan, made with three skirts, and a loose body and sleeves.

  • tarlatan can now be had in hues that almost rival the colours of flowers, but I fear that only the white can be had "fire-proof."

    The Peace Egg and Other tales Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • The weary dancers wended their way home on foot, the girls in tarlatan gowns and white kid slippers.

    History of Linn County Iowa Luther A. Brewer
British Dictionary definitions for tarlatan


an open-weave cotton fabric, used for stiffening garments
Word Origin
C18: from French tarlatane, variant of tarnatane type of muslin, perhaps of Indian origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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