Cat·a·lan (kătl-ăn′, -ən, kăt′l-ăn)
Of or relating to Catalonia or its people, language, or culture.
a. A native or inhabitant of Catalonia.
b. A person of Catalan ancestry.
2. The Romance language spoken especially in Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, Andorra, and the Roussillon region of France.
[Middle English Catalane, possibly from Catalan catalana, from Catalunya, Catalonia.]
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