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English definition of “tartan”


noun [C or U]     /ˈtɑː.tən/ US  /ˈtɑːr.ən/
a pattern of different coloured straight lines crossing each other at 90 degree angles , or a cloth with this pattern : a tartan kilt Patterns and shapes
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