- Tan means darkened after browning in the sun, or a yellowish-brownish color.
- An example of tan used as an adjective is in the phrase "tan line," which means the line where the tan color skin stops and the untanned color skin starts.
- An example of tan used as an adjective is in the phrase "tan paint," which means a paint that is somewhere between yellow and brown.
- The definition of a tan is a yellowish-brownish color, or a darker shade of skin because of sun exposure or a solution used to turn hide into leather.
- An example of tan is the color of a lion's coat.
- An example of a tan is the color of someone's skin who sits out on the beach all day.
- An example of tan is a substance used to turn animal skin into a leather bag.
- Tan is defined as to turn hide into leather, or to darken in color because of the sun.
- An example of tan is to turn animal fur into a leather bag.
- An example of tan is to lie in the sun all day.
Tan is the color of the coat of these lions.
- tannin or a solution made from it, used to tan leather
- a yellowish-brown color
- a darkening of the skin as by exposure to the sun or a sunlamp
Origin of tanMiddle French ; from Medieval Latin tanum, probably ; from Gaulish
transitive verbtanned, tanning
- to change (hide) into leather by soaking in tannin
- to produce a tan color in, as by exposure to the sun
- Informal to whip severely; flog
Origin of tanME tannen < Late OE tannian < ML tannare < the n.
tan someone's hide
verbtanned tanned, tan·ning, tans
- To convert (an animal hide) into leather by subjecting it to a chemical process that stabilizes the proteins, making it less susceptible to decay.
- To make (a person or a person's skin) darker by exposure to the sun.
- Informal To thrash; beat.
- A light or moderate yellowish brown to brownish orange.
- A suntan.
- a. Tannin.b. A solution derived from tannin.
- Light or moderate yellowish-brown to brownish-orange.
- Having a suntan.
- Used in or relating to tanning.
Origin of tanMiddle English tannen, from Old English *tannian, from Medieval Latin tannāre, from tannum, tanbark, probably of Celtic origin.
nounpl. Tan or Tans
(comparative tanner, superlative tannest)
- Of a yellowish-brown.
- Mine is the white car parked next to the tan pickup truck.
- Having dark skin as a result of exposure to the sun.
- You’re looking very tan this week.
(third-person singular simple present tans, present participle tanning, simple past and past participle tanned)
From French tan (“tanbark”), from Gaulish tanno (“live oak”) (compare Breton tann (“red oak”), Old Cornish tannen), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰonu (“fir”) (compare Hittite [script?] (tanau, “fir”)[script?], Latin femur, genitive feminis (“thigh”), German Tann (“woods”), Tanne (“fir”), Albanian thanë (“cranberry bush”), Ancient Greek θάμνος (thamnos, “thicket”), Avestan [script?] (θanwarə), geitive [script?] (θanwanō, “bow”)[script?], Sanskrit धनुस् (dhánus), genitive [script?] (dhánvanus, “bow”)[script?]). Verb from Middle English tannen, from late Old English tannian (“to tan a hide”), from Anglo-Norman tanner, from tan.
From a Brythonic language; influenced in form by yan (“one”) in the same series.
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