- 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.
tan definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle French ; from Midieval Latin tanum, probably ; from Gaulish
- 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: ME tannen < Late OE tannian < ML tannare < the n.
tan definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb tanned tanned, tan·ning, tans verb, transitive
- To convert (hide) into leather, as by treating with tannin.
- To make brown by exposure to the sun.
- Informal To thrash; beat.
- A light or moderate yellowish brown to brownish orange.
- The brown color that sun rays impart to the skin.
- 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: Middle English tannen, from Old English *tannian, from Medieval Latin tannāre, from tannum, tanbark, probably of Celtic origin.
- tanˈnish adjective
noun pl. Tan or Tans
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tan someone's hide