One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in Scotland or Northern Ireland) a small village or hamlet.
- ‘Head up the north-east side of the river bank and past the remains of an old village or clachan - another sad reminder of a previous way of life.’
- ‘Our developments anchor on the idea of the clachan or hamlet.’
- ‘The Glencoe Visitor Centre, run by the National Trust for Scotland, is designed as a traditional ‘clachan,’ or Highland village.’
Late Middle English: from Scottish Gaelic and Irish clachán.
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