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.(noun)
Tan means darkened after browning in the sun, or a yellowish-brownish color.(adjective)
Tan is defined as to turn hide into leather, or to darken in color because of the sun.(verb)
See tan in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: MFr < ML tanum, prob. < Gaul
Origin: ME tannen < Late OE tannian < ML tannare < the n.
See tan in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb tanned tanned, tan·ning, tans verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English tannen
Origin: , from Old English *tannian
Origin: , from Medieval Latin tannāre
Origin: , from tannum, tanbark
Origin: , probably of Celtic origin.
noun pl. Tan or Tans
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