[klah-khuh n, kla-]

noun Scot., Irish.

a small village or hamlet.

Origin of clachan

1375–1425; late Middle English (Scots) < Scots Gaelic, equivalent to clach stone + -an diminutive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Scot and Irish dialect a small village; hamlet

Word Origin for clachan

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

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

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