\ ˌbla-kən-ˈtan How to pronounce black-and-tan (audio) \

Definition of black-and-tan

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 of a dog's coat : having a predominantly black color pattern with deep red or rusty tan usually on the feet, breeching, and cheek patches, above the eyes, and inside the ears
2 or Black-and-Tan, dated, US politics : favoring or practicing proportional representation of Black and white people in politics — compare lily-white sense 3
3 US, dated : frequented by both Black and white people a black-and-tan bar

black and tan


Definition of black and tan (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a black-and-tan dog
2 : a drink consisting of a dark beer (such as stout or porter) and ale or beer of a paler color
3 Black and Tan [from the color of his uniform] : a recruit enlisted in England in 1920–21 for service in the Royal Irish Constabulary against the armed movement for Irish independence

Examples of black-and-tan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On the day of the attack, prosecutors said Warnagiris wore a dark jacket with green zippers, a military green backpack and black and tan gloves. Cassidy Mcdonald, CBS News, 3 June 2021 Officers found a black and tan airsoft pistol in a flower bed about 18 inches to the right of Hayes’ body, according to court records. oregonlive, 11 Mar. 2021 Now there’s one more to add to the lineup: The company has just released the Large Everywhere Bag in business-ready colorways of black and tan, along with a version in cobalt with black trim. Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, 18 Feb. 2021 Pomeranians can also be black, cream, blue, brown, black and white, brindle, merle, black and tan, and tricolor, to name just a few of the many colors and patterns that make up their palette. Kim Campbell Thornton Andrews Mcmeel, Star Tribune, 22 Jan. 2021 Earlier that day, police fatally shot 17-year-old Quanice Hayes and found a black and tan air soft pistol in a flower bed about 2 feet from Hayes’ body, police said. oregonlive, 30 Aug. 2019 Animal Control observed a black and tan German Shepherd inside the vehicle panting heavily. Alyssa Lukpat,, 1 Aug. 2019 Pair citrus colors with neutral colors and tones such as white, black and tan. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, 5 July 2019 Each is defined by contrasts through three covetable colorways: all-black with a shock of white trim or black and tan are the options for leather; and a tan and deep brown style is what’s available in suede. Todd Plummer, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of black-and-tan


1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 May 2021

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“Black-and-tan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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