[tahr-luh-tn, -tuh n]
- a thin, plain-weave, open-mesh cotton fabric finished with stiffening agents and sometimes glazed.
Origin of tarlatan
1720–30; < French tarlatane, dissimilated variant of tarnatane kind of cloth orig. imported from India < ?
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Examples from the Web for tarlatan
A lady comes home at midnight from a ball, in a tarlatan frock.Wagner at Home
Tarlatan already prepared, may be purchased at the upholsterers'.Mrs. Hale's Receipts for the Million
Sarah Josepha Hale
Look, we'll put the tarlatan away in the drawer I take my things out of.Carnival
It seems to me that tulle and tarlatan and maline were your dope.Out of the Air
Inez Haynes Irwin
The next morning Nan was tacking up some tarlatan at a window to keep the midges out.Shapes that Haunt the Dusk
- an open-weave cotton fabric, used for stiffening garments
C18: from French tarlatane, variant of tarnatane type of muslin, perhaps of Indian origin