Meaning of Dalmatian in English:


Pronunciation /dalˈmeɪʃ(ə)n/

Translate Dalmatian into Spanish


  • 1A dog of a large, white short-haired breed with dark spots.

    ‘Large, powerful dogs are frequently targeted, including Akitas, chow chows, Dalmatians, Dobermans, German Shepherds, Great Danes, pit bulls, Rottweilers as well as mixes of these breeds.’
    • ‘Seven Labrador Retrievers, two Dalmatians, a boxer and a mongrel owned by Chinni Krishna are ‘Doctor Dogs’.’
    • ‘I was breeding Dalmatians at the time and I sold a puppy to a hippie couple and they painted all the back spots purple, and came into town and everyone was like, oh yeah, purple spots.’
    • ‘One guy decided that the world should know the number of spots his Dalmatian had so he gave his dog a web page and started the concept of personal home pages.’
    • ‘This simply illustrates the phenotypic composition of the reported Dalmatians in terms of spot color, which has never been shown to correlate with deafness.’
    • ‘It was fashionable to keep a famous breed like a Dalmatian, but owners abandoned them once they realized they might not make good pets because they need lots of attention and are frisky, he said.’
    • ‘He's everywhere and nowhere, more spotted than a Dalmatian.’
    • ‘Unlike the symmetrical spots of the Dalmatian, the patches are jagged and irregular.’
    • ‘One must remember that the Dalmatian was bred to run with horse and carriage.’
    • ‘The day belonged to massive Mastiffs, Great Danes, hairy Pomeranians, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Dobermans, Dalmatians and Miniature Pinschers.’
    • ‘Congenital deafness seems to be linked to the gene that produces the white color in both English setters and Dalmatians.’
    • ‘The family dog Jasper, a brown spotted Dalmatian, strained at his lead as master and family passed by.’
    • ‘She has brown eyes and loves dog such as Dalmatians and her lovely beagle, Bugsy.’
    • ‘Thomas's mother Vicky Brennan, who will be at Crufts showing her bitch Dalmatian, said: ‘Thomas works extremely hard.’’
    • ‘This inspired Jack and Harry Bagust, brothers from the Sydney area, to breed one of these hybrids to a Dalmatian imported from Great Britain.’
    • ‘He always travelled with his dog, Jack, she said, a male Dalmatian who usually sat in the passenger seat of his four wheel drive Toyota land cruiser.’
    • ‘Daisy the Dalmatian has given birth to 14 puppies.’
    • ‘And long romps with Pongo, the resident Dalmatian turn the haven into a dog lover's paradise.’
    • ‘Mani took some time to complete the formalities for he has two more dogs in tow - a six year old Pom and its larger companion, a one-year-old Dalmatian.’
    • ‘A local veterinarian confirmed that Dalmatians often have a litter average of 12.’
  • 2A native or inhabitant of Dalmatia.

    ‘He is a Dalmatian, a native of the island of Brac, and he did not enjoy what we might term a normal childhood.’
    • ‘Heritability estimates have been reported in Californian, Swiss, and German Dalmatians.’
    • ‘These were all well established by the 1890s, and were added to by Croatian Dalmatians in WA and Lebanese in NSW.’
    • ‘The Dalmatians stood up against the Italians and took up weapons.’
    • ‘The largest food provision house in Nevada in the 1860s was owned by Dalmatians.’


  • Relating to Dalmatia.

    ‘The marble the US built the White House with comes from the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia.’
    • ‘Recently, however, the King of Hungary had been inciting rebellion in the Dalmatian towns, offering them his protection.’
    • ‘Split is the capital of Croatia's Dalmatian region.’
    • ‘Like many who fled Vukovar, both girls found themselves on the Dalmatian coast, once home to Croatia's famed resorts.’
    • ‘The best period to visit the Dalmatian coast is from April to October.’


Late 16th century (in Dalmatian (sense 2 of the noun)): the dog is believed to have originated in Dalmatia in the 18th century.