Tan Definition

tăn
tanned, tanner, tannest, tanning, tans
verb
tanned, tanning, tans
To become tanned.
Webster's New World
To convert (an animal hide) into leather by subjecting it to a chemical process that stabilizes the proteins, making it less susceptible to decay.
American Heritage
To change (hide) into leather by soaking in tannin.
Webster's New World
To make (a person or a person's skin) darker by exposure to the sun.
American Heritage
To whip severely; flog.
Webster's New World
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noun
tans
Webster's New World
A suntan.
American Heritage
A yellowish-brown color.
Webster's New World
Tanbark.
American Heritage
Tannin or a solution made from it, used to tan leather.
Webster's New World
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adjective
tanner
Yellowish-brown; tawny.
Webster's New World
Having a suntan.
American Heritage
Used in or relating to tanning.
American Heritage
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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abbreviation
Tangent.
Webster's New World
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pronoun

(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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other
Abbreviation of tangent.
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Webster's New World Finance
idiom
tan someone's hide
  • to flog someone severely
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Tan

Noun

Singular:
tan
Plural:
tans

Adjective

Base Form:
tan
Superlative:
tannest

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Tan

Origin of Tan

  • 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

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

    From Wiktionary

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