Black and TanBlack and Tan
a member of the British troops sent to Ireland to help put down disturbances during the Sinn Fein rebellion (1919-21)
Origin of Black and Tanso named from wearing black caps and khaki coats, and in allusion to a famous pack of hounds in Limerick, where first stationed
Black and Tan
nounpl. Black and Tans
- A two-toned drink consisting of a layer of ale topped by a layer of stout.
- A member of a paramilitary force recruited in Britain and sent to Ireland as part of the Royal Irish Constabulary to suppress the Sinn Fein rebellion of 1919 to 1921.
Origin of Black and TanSense 2, from the colors of the original uniforms of the force, which combined khaki army trousers with dark-colored police jackets and caps due to lack of supply.
(plural black and tans)
- Any of various breeds of dog having black and tan colouring. [from 19th c.]
- (US slang, now historical) A bar, nightclub etc. which had both black and white customers, especially which indluded black entertainers. [from 19th c.]
- (colloquial) An alcoholic drink made from a dark and a light malt, typically stout (black) and ale (tan). [from 19th c.]
- Not only did the Dublin barkeeps not make a shamrock in the foam, they claimed to not even know what a black and tan was.
- (in the plural) An armed force recruited to fight against Irish republican activity in Northern Ireland; see Black and Tans. [from 20th c.]