Definition of sporran in English:



  • A small pouch worn around the waist so as to hang in front of the kilt as part of men's Scottish Highland dress.

    • ‘Still, she's insistent that the sporran is a unisex accessory.’
    • ‘The sporran cost me £10 from a shop near Edinburgh Castle.’
    • ‘The shop window display of kilts, sporrans and skean-dhu daggers proclaimed that here was a York shop for York people.’
    • ‘Besides the sporran, which dates back to 1890 and is accompanied by a photograph of Lauder wearing it, Johnstone is selling a silver cigar box and two silver cups that once belonged to the entertainer.’
    • ‘After opening the centre, it will launch what it claims is the first Highland clothing label encompassing kilts, sporrans, jackets, and shoes.’
    • ‘Thought to have originated in the 16th century, the sporran was a purse originally made for carrying food such as oats.’
    • ‘A sporran on its own is about $200, for instance.’
    • ‘He was about to place it in his sporran when a shot crashed through the darkness, hitting the body beside him.’
    • ‘What of the sporran, the little leather pouch worn with the plaid?’
    • ‘But it now seems that the news of a new director has calmed the ruffled kilts and sporrans, and there is peace in the glens once more.’
    • ‘In proper Scottish fashion, the Knight is bare beneath his sporran and stripes.’
    • ‘Iain was dressed in his traditional dress: a white dress shirt, a kilt, sporran, and plaid.’
    • ‘The choir would have looked so good in kilts and sporrans.’
    • ‘There are also two kilt shops, with Highland regalia for sale or hire, their windows dressed in swathes of tartan and accessories, dirks, sporrans and brogues.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, dig out your sporrans, because the Taps is celebrating St Andrew's Day in full Scottish style on November 30.’
    • ‘The enthusiasts turn up in kilts and sporrans.’
    • ‘Passing each one, he fingered their kilts and sporrans until he reached Sergeant Thomas Campbell and grew more inquisitive.’
    bag, purse, wallet, sack, sac, pocket, container, receptacle
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Mid 18th century: from Scottish Gaelic sporan.