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tar·la·tan

also tar·le·tan  (tär′lə-tən, -lə-tn)
n.
A thin, stiffly starched muslin in open plain weave.

[French tarlatane, alteration of earlier tarnatane.]
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tarlatan

(ˈtɑːlətən)
n
(Textiles) an open-weave cotton fabric, used for stiffening garments
[C18: from French tarlatane, variant of tarnatane type of muslin, perhaps of Indian origin]
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tar•la•tan

(ˈtɑr lə tn)

n.
a thin, stiffened, open-mesh cotton fabric.
[1720–30; < French tarlatane]
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I wanted the violet silk, but there isn't time to make it over, so I must be contented with my old tarlatan."
"Never mind, you've got the tarlatan for the big party, and you always look like an angel in white," said Amy, brooding over the little store of finery in which her soul delighted.
Before she left home, she thought her new white muslin dress, with its fresh blue ribbons, the most elegant and proper costume she could have; but now, when she saw Fanny's pink silk, with a white tarlatan tunic, and innumerable puffings, bows, and streamers, her own simple little toilet lost all its charms in her eyes, and looked very babyish and old-fashioned.