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 *ravidanus (from Latin ravidus, gray, yellowish-gray, from ravus, gray, yellowish-gray, of unknown origin) and or of Germanic origin (akin to Old English r&emacron;ad, red; see reudh- in Indo-European roots).