Definition of cateran in English:

cateran

noun

historical
  • A warrior or raider from the Scottish Highlands.

    • ‘In 1390, on Robert II's death, Buchan and his caterans burned Forres, and then Elgin burgh and cathedral, in reprisals for Moray's actions.’
    • ‘How, then, do we account for another footnoted passage, in Chapter 32, referring to the surprise attack by Rob Roy's caterans on the English horsemen under Captain Thornton?’
    • ‘But despite the commanders, the dukes, marquises knights and princes it is the common cateran who has left his mark.’
    robber, raider, mugger
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Origin

Middle English (originally in the plural or as a collective singular denoting the peasantry as fighters): from Scottish Gaelic ceathairne peasantry.

Pronunciation

cateran

/ˈkat(ə)r(ə)n/