tan


1tan

verb \ˈtan\

: 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

tannedtan·ning

Full Definition of TAN

transitive verb
1
a :  to convert (hide) into leather by treatment with an infusion of tannin-rich bark or other agent of similar effect
b :  to convert (protein) to leather or a similar substance
2
:  to make (skin) tan especially by exposure to the sun
3
:  thrash, whip
intransitive verb
:  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

2tan

adjective

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

: having a light brown color

tan·nertan·nest

Full Definition of TAN

1
:  of, relating to, or used for tan or tanning
2
:  of the color tan

Examples of TAN

  1. I can't believe how tan she is!
  2. a horse with tan markings

First Known Use of TAN

1586

3tan

noun

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

: a light brown color

Full Definition of TAN

1
:  a tanning material or its active agent (as tannin)
2
:  a brown color imparted to the skin especially by exposure to the sun
3
:  a light yellowish brown
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

4tan

abbreviation

Definition of TAN

tangent

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