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.
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.
She still has a tan from her vacation in Mexico.
Mine is the white car parked next to the tan pickup truck.
You're looking very tan this week.
No matter how long I stay out in the sun, I never tan. though I do burn.
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.
- To flog someone severely.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of tan
- Middle English tannen from Old English tannian from Medieval Latin tannāre from tannum tanbark probably of Celtic origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.