Definition of tartan:
- A small coasting vessel, used in the Mediterranean, having one mast carrying large leteen sail, and a bowsprit with staysail or jib.
- Woolen cloth, checkered or crossbarred with narrow bands of various colors, much worn in the Highlands of Scotland; hence, any pattern of tartan; also, other material of a similar pattern.
The furniture is as Scotch as may be- chairs and tables, with few exceptions, of polished birch hangings and carpets with the tartan check on the velvet pile, the royal " sets" in all their bewildering variety: " royal Stewart," strong in scarlet; " Victoria," with the check relieved on a white ground; " Albert," on a deep blue, and " hunting Stewart," which suddenly passes into a soft vivid green, crossed by lines of red and yellow.- "Life of Her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen, (Victoria) Vol II", Sarah Tytler.
- "The Butterfly's Ball The Grasshopper's Feast", R.M. Ballantyne.
- "The Book of Household Management", Mrs. Isabella Beeton.