a. A native or inhabitant of Dalmatia.
b. A person of Dalmatian ancestry.
2. also dalmatian A dog of a breed that was introduced into England from Dalmatia in the eighteenth century, having a short, smooth white coat covered with black or dark brown spots. Also called carriage dog, coach dog.
Of or relating to Dalmatia or its inhabitants or culture.
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