Meaning of lochan in English:


Pronunciation /ˈlɒk(ə)n/ /ˈlɒx(ə)n/


  • A small loch.

    ‘The drive down was amazing - the road to Harris from here is pretty lunar in places but with the sun belting down all the lochs and lochans were a beautiful azure colour and framed with the glorious heather coloured hills it was brilliant.’
    • ‘Looking behind and also to the left, the landscape consists of a wild and complex mosaic of lochans, lochs and peaks, a rugged scene which typifies this most remote part of the Scottish mainland.’
    • ‘The landscape is covered with lochs and lochans - almost more water than land.’
    • ‘The path goes for almost four miles through undulating moorland with no views of the sea and you pass several lochans, where divers nest in the summer.’
    • ‘Close by lies a lochan, known locally as the duck pond, a place usually ringing with the cackles of mallards.’


Late 17th century from Scottish Gaelic, diminutive of loch.