(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)
- (intransitive) To change to a tan colour due to exposure to the sun.
- No matter how long I stay out in the sun, I never tan. though I do burn.
- To change an animal hide into leather by soaking it in tannic acid. To work as a tanner.
- (informal) To spank or beat.
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.
From a Brythonic language; influenced in form by yan (“one") in the same series.