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[spor-uh n]
  1. (in Scottish Highland costume) a large pouch for men, commonly of fur, worn, suspended from a belt, in front of the kilt.
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Origin of sporran

1745–55; < Scots Gaelic sporan; compare Irish sparán purse
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Historical Examples of 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.

  • At noon he sat down to eat his "piece," which he carried in his sporran.

    The Wee Scotch Piper

    Madeline Brandeis

  • 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."

British Dictionary definitions for sporran


  1. a large pouch, usually of fur, worn hanging from a belt in front of the kilt in men's Scottish Highland dress
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Word Origin for sporran

C19: from Scottish Gaelic sporan purse; compare Irish Gaelic sparán purse, Late Latin bursa bag
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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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