Definition of tarlatan in English:

tarlatan

noun

mass noun
  • A thin, open-weave muslin fabric, used for stiffening ball dresses.

    • ‘Lon's heart skipped a beat when he saw her, standing in her pink tarlatan dress, her hair done up in curls, and her hand clutching a dainty glass of champagne.’
    • ‘Get some of the starch out of the tarlatan by stretching, crinkling, and pulling it a bit at a time.’
    • ‘For best results, use cheesecloth, or very soft tarlatan to wipe the surface of the plate.’
    • ‘It took merely a few minutes for her to grow bored, and she stood, and with wobbling limbs made her way to the bag, produced a flowered sage tarlatan dress, put it on, and straightened her hair.’
    • ‘Balanchine famously declared that "ballet is a woman," but the aphorism was far truer in Degas's day, when the ballet was an almost exclusively feminine preserve of layered tarlatan skirts, pink satin slippers and ribbons.’

Origin

Early 18th century: from French tarlatane, probably of Indian origin.

Pronunciation

tarlatan

/ˈtɑːlətən/