They stood at attention in their tartan kilts, white leggings and bearskin hats as a Marine band struck up “Hail to the Chief.”
I can barely imagine what tartan might have done to my psyche.
The belted plaid was a piece of tartan two yards in breadth, and four in length.
As Argyle's to the tartan, my heart has warmed to an Irishman since that night.
The tartan touched at the harbour of Pola, called Veruda, and we landed.
The doctor is nearing them rapidly; they can imagine the shepherd's tartan.
Tents, baggage-carts and battering-rams were carried on the march, and the tartan or commander-in-chief ranked next to the king.
And this was her husband's dress that night; but why the Stewart tartan?
My birse rose at this, which I regarded as a rank treason in any man that spoke my own language even with a tartan accent.
I have never seen him in the tartan, beyond perhaps a waistcoat of it at a bal masque.
mid-15c., perhaps from Middle French tiretaine "strong, coarse fabric" (mid-13c.), from Old French tiret "kind of cloth," from tire "silk cloth," from Medieval Latin tyrius "cloth from Tyre." If this is the source, spelling likely influenced in Middle English by tartaryn "rich silk cloth" (mid-14c.), from Old French tartarin "Tartar cloth," from Tartare "Tartar," the Central Asian people (see Tartar).
A simple language proposed to meet the Ironman requirements.
["TARTAN - Language Design for the Ironman Requirements: Reference Manual", Mary Shaw et al, SIGPLAN Notices 13(9):36-58 (Sep 1978)].
an Assyrian word, meaning "the commander-in-chief." (1.) One of Sennacherib's messengers to Hezekiah (2 Kings 18:17). (2.) One of Sargon's generals (Isa. 20:1).