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pertaining to Catalonia, its inhabitants, or their language.
a native or inhabitant of Catalonia.
a Romance language closely related to Provençal, spoken in Catalonia, Valencia, the Balearic Islands, Andorra, southern France, and western Sardinia.
Contemporary Examples

Catalan had ten arrests on his record, eight of which are sealed.
Triple Homicide Near Columbia University Leaves Few Clues Matthew DeLuca June 15, 2012

Montalbán endowed his Catalan gumshoe with an equally impressive set of quirks that are aired and explored in each book.
The Foodie Detective: The Pepe Carvalho Novels by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán Malcolm Forbes October 2, 2012

Pere Navarro, head of the Catalan socialist party, said: “We need a new head of state.”
Engulfed by Scandal, Could The Spanish Royal Family Fall? Tom Sykes April 3, 2013

The Daily Pic: At the Met, the Catalan master has a conceptual edge.
Miro’s Old Art is Still Contemporary Blake Gopnik July 31, 2013

The Catalan separatist movement has been growing in recent years, as demonstrated each September with a march on Barcelona.
Europe’s Secession Panic Barbie Latza Nadeau September 17, 2014

Historical Examples

In moistening Havana leaf Catalan wine is used, and other flavoring extracts.
Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce E. R. Billings.

As for these Catalan priests who are coming in here, I cannot abide them.
Ramona Helen Hunt Jackson

This machine was invented by a Catalan named Pedro Fronvila.
The Arts and Crafts of Older Spain, Volume II (of 3) Leonard Williams

In 1381 he accepted an offer to become the sovereign of the Catalan duchy of Athens.
A History of Spain Charles E. Chapman

The club at Kennaquhair are turned fastidious since Catalan!
The Fortunes of Nigel Sir Walter Scott

a language of Catalonia, quite closely related to Spanish and Provençal, belonging to the Romance group of the Indo-European family
a native or inhabitant of Catalonia
denoting, relating to, or characteristic of Catalonia, its inhabitants, or their language

“pertaining to Catalonia,” also as a noun, “person from Catalonia,” late 15c., from the indigenous name, which is of Celtic origin and probably means “chiefs of battle.” As a noun meaning “a Catalan,” Middle English used Catelaner (mid-14c.), Catellain (early 15c., from French). As a language name in English by 1792. Related: Catalonian (1707).


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