Catalan

[ kat-l-an, -uh n, kat-l-an ]
/ ˈkæt lˌæn, -ən, ˌkæt lˈæn /
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adjective

pertaining to Catalonia, its inhabitants, or their language.

noun

a native or inhabitant of Catalonia.
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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British Dictionary definitions for catalan

Catalan

/ (ˈkætəˌlæn, -lən) /

noun

a language of Catalonia, quite closely related to Spanish and Provençal, belonging to the Romance group of the Indo-European family
a native or inhabitant of Catalonia

adjective

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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