Tan meaning

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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.

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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.

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To make (a person or a person's skin) darker by exposure to the sun.
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To thrash; beat.
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To become darker from exposure to the sun.
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To convert (an animal hide) into leather by subjecting it to a chemical process that stabilizes the proteins, making it less susceptible to decay.
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A light or moderate yellowish brown to brownish orange.
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A suntan.
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Tanbark.
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Light or moderate yellowish-brown to brownish-orange.
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Having a suntan.
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Used in or relating to tanning.
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Tangent.
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Tannin or a solution made from it, used to tan leather.
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A yellowish-brown color.
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A darkening of the skin as by exposure to the sun or a sunlamp.
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Yellowish-brown; tawny.
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To change (hide) into leather by soaking in tannin.
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To produce a tan color in, as by exposure to the sun.
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To whip severely; flog.
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To become tanned.
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Tangent.
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Abbreviation of tangent.
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A yellowish-brown colour.

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A darkening of the skin resulting from exposure to sunlight or similar light sources.

She still has a tan from her vacation in Mexico.

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The bark of an oak or other tree from which tannic acid is obtained.
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Of a yellowish-brown.

Mine is the white car parked next to the tan pickup truck.

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Having dark skin as a result of exposure to the sun.

You're looking very tan this week.

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(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.

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To change an animal hide into leather by soaking it in tannic acid. To work as a tanner.
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(informal) To spank or beat.
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Picul (Asian unit of weight)
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(Irish mythology) The lover of Midir whose rejected first wife Fuamnach became jealous and cast three spells on her, turning her into a pool of water, then into a worm, and then into a fly.
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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.

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tan someone's hide
  • To flog someone severely.
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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 thanë (“cranberry bush"), Ancient Greek θάμνος (thamnos, “thicket"), Avestan [script?] (θanwarÉ™), geitive [script?] (θanwanō, “bow")[script?], Sanskrit धनुस् (dhánus), genitive [script?] (dhánvanus, “bow")[script?]). Verb from Middle English tannen, from late Old English tannian (“to tan a hide"), from Anglo-Norman tanner, from tan.

    From Wiktionary

  • From a Brythonic language; influenced in form by yan (“one") in the same series.

    From Wiktionary