- (in Scottish Highland costume) a large pouch for men, commonly of fur, worn, suspended from a belt, in front of the kilt.
Origin of sporran
1745–55; < Scots Gaelic sporan; compare Irish sparán purse
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Examples from the Web for sporran
He sprang up and thrust the stocking and needles into his sporran.The Sleuth of St. James's Square
Melville Davisson Post
This must be the Sporran following us close with grim disregard of danger.The Mystery of the Sea
At noon he sat down to eat his "piece," which he carried in his sporran.The Wee Scotch Piper
I wonder if these bags are related to the Sporran of the Highlanders.
One of them dragged at the frogs of his kilt, and then at his "sporran."The Egyptian campaigns, 1882 to 1885
- a large pouch, usually of fur, worn hanging from a belt in front of the kilt in men's Scottish Highland dress
C19: from Scottish Gaelic sporan purse; compare Irish Gaelic sparán purse, Late Latin bursa bag
Word Origin and History for sporran
1818, from Gaelic sporan, Irish sparan "purse," of uncertain origin. Familiarized by Walter Scott (first attested in "Rob Roy").
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