tarlatan

[ tahr-luh-tn, -tuhn ]
/ ˈtɑr lə tn, -tən /

noun

a thin, plain-weave, open-mesh cotton fabric finished with stiffening agents and sometimes glazed.

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Origin of tarlatan

First recorded in 1720–30; from French tarlatane, dissimilated variant of tarnatane kind of cloth originally imported from India; further origin unknown
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tarlatan
/ (ˈtɑːlətən) /

noun

an open-weave cotton fabric, used for stiffening garments

Word Origin for tarlatan

C18: from French tarlatane, variant of tarnatane type of muslin, perhaps of Indian origin
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