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[kah-luh nt]
noun Chiefly Scot.
  1. a lad; boy.
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Also cal·lan [kah-luh n] /ˈkɑ lən/.

Origin of callant

1710–20; < Dutch kalant fellow, chap, customer < Old North French caland customer
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Contemporary Examples of callan

Historical Examples of callan

  • In due time Mr Callan came down in his night-cap, lantern in hand.


    Talbot Baines Reed

  • When we were inside, the gate was shut, and Mr Callan turned his lantern towards me.


    Talbot Baines Reed

  • Eleven men, including Callan and two of his fellow ringleaders, were dead.


    Talbot Baines Reed

  • Cullen is spelled Callan, and is described as Bothwells chalmer-chiel.

  • Neither Mrs. Callan nor the buckboard was available, but they were welcome to the horse.

    Rolf In The Woods

    Ernest Thompson Seton

British Dictionary definitions for callan


callan (ˈkælən)

  1. Scot a youth; lad
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Word Origin for callant

C16: from Dutch or Flemish kalant customer, fellow
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