- 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)
- tannic acid
From French tan (“tanbark"), from Gaulish tanno (“live oak") (compare Breton tann (“red oak"), Old Cornish tannen), from Proto-Indo-European *dÊ°onu (“fir") (compare Hittite [script?] (tanau, “fir")[script?], Latin femur, genitive feminis (“thigh"), German Tann (“woods"), Tanne (“fir"), Albanian thanÃ« (“cranberry bush"), Ancient Greek Î¸Î¬Î¼Î½Î¿Ï‚ (thamnos, “thicket"), Avestan [script?] (Î¸anwarÉ™), geitive [script?] (Î¸anwanÅ, “bow")[script?], Sanskrit à¤§à¤¨à¥à¤¸à¥ (dhÃ¡nus), genitive [script?] (dhÃ¡nvanus, “bow")[script?]). Verb from Middle English tannen, from late Old English tannian (“to tan a hide"), from Anglo-Norman tanner, from tan.
- picul (Asian unit of weight)