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tan

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verb \ˈtan\

Simple Definition of tan

  • : to cause (skin) to become darker especially from being exposed to the sun's rays

  • : to become darker especially from being exposed to the sun's rays

  • : to change (the skin of an animal) into leather by a chemical process

Full Definition of tan

tannedtan·ning

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to convert (hide) into leather by treatment with an infusion of tannin-rich bark or other agent of similar effectb :  to convert (protein) to leather or a similar substance

  3. 2 :  to make (skin) tan especially by exposure to the sun

  4. 3 :  thrash, whip

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to get or become tanned

Examples of tan

  1. He threatened to tan my hide if I didn't do what he told me to do.

  2. <Grandpa told us that when he was a kid, if he misbehaved at all, his father would tan his backside with a belt.>



Origin of tan

Middle English tannen, from Anglo-French tanner, from Medieval Latin tannare, from tanum, tannum tanbark


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with tan


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tan

adjective

Simple Definition of tan

  • : having skin that has been made darker by being exposed to the sun's rays

  • : having a light brown color

Full Definition of tan

tan·nertan·nest

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or used for tan or tanning

  2. 2 :  of the color tan

Examples of tan

  1. I can't believe how tan she is!

  2. a horse with tan markings



1586

First Known Use of tan

1586


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tan

noun

Simple Definition of tan

  • : a browning of the skin that is caused by the sun's rays

  • : a light brown color

Full Definition of tan

  1. 1 :  a tanning material or its active agent (as tannin)

  2. 2 :  a brown color imparted to the skin especially by exposure to the sun

  3. 3 :  a light yellowish brown

  4. 4 plural :  tan-colored articles of clothing

Examples of tan

  1. I got a tan on my vacation.



Origin of tan

French, tanbark, from Old French, from Medieval Latin tanum


First Known Use: 1674


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tan

abbreviation

Definition of tan

  1. tangent





TAN Defined for Kids

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tan

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verb \ˈtan\

Definition of tan

tannedtan·ning

  1. 1 :  to change animal hide into leather especially by soaking in a tannin solution

  2. 2 :  to make or become brown in color <She doesn't tan. Instead, she gets a sunburn.>

  3. 3 :  1beat 1, thrash




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tan

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adjective

Definition of tan

tan·nertan·nest

  1. :  of a light yellowish brown color




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tan

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noun

Definition of tan

  1. 1 :  a brown color given to the skin by the sun or wind

  2. 2 :  a light yellowish brown :  the color of sand





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