[ spor-uh n ]
/ ˈspɒr ən /


(in Scottish Highland costume) a large pouch for men, commonly of fur, worn, suspended from a belt, in front of the kilt.

Nearby words

  1. sporothrix,
  2. sporotrichosis,
  3. sporozoa,
  4. sporozoan,
  5. sporozoite,
  6. sport,
  7. sport fish,
  8. sport shirt,
  9. sport utility vehicle,
  10. sport-utility vehicle

Origin of sporran

1745–55; < Scots Gaelic sporan; compare Irish sparán purse

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British Dictionary definitions for sporran


/ (ˈspɒrən) /


a large pouch, usually of fur, worn hanging from a belt in front of the kilt in men's Scottish Highland dress

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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