of a solid color, as reddish brown, brown, or black, with a thick sprinkling of white hairs: said chiefly of horses
Origin of roanOld French from Old Spanish roano from Classical Latin ravidus, grayish from ravus, grayish-yellow, tawny
- a roan color
- a roan horse or other animal
a soft, flexible sheepskin used in bookbinding, often treated to look like morocco
Origin of roanMScot, after uncertain or unknown; perhaps Rouen
Having a chestnut, bay, or sorrel coat thickly sprinkled with white or gray: a roan horse.
- a. The characteristic coloring of a roan horse.b. A roan horse or other animal.
- A soft flexible sheepskin leather, often treated to resemble morocco and used in bookbinding.
Origin of roanFrom Old French roan, rouan from Old Spanish roán, rodano perhaps from Vulgar Latin rāvidānus ( from Latin rāvidus gray, yellowish-gray ) ( from rāvus gray, yellowish-gray, of unknown origin ) or of Germanic origin ( akin to Old English rēad red ; see reudh- in Indo-European roots.)