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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

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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 There are 15 colors to choose from, including classics like black and tan and fashion colors like lime, terra cotta and lake blue. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 29 July 2022 The slides are available in bold colors like pink, lime, and orange, plus basics like black and tan. Claire Harmeyer,, 14 July 2022 The limited-edition model features the same black and tan two-tone look seen on the Project Maybach concept car that Abloh helped design, revealed by Mercedes last fall. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 5 Apr. 2022 What matters most to the Air Force vet from Hot Springs Village is for his dog, a 5-year-old black and tan coonhound named George Jones, to end up in a good home. Tess Vrbin, Arkansas Online, 14 Mar. 2022 On August 15, Duffy loaded three-year-old R.C.—named after Royal Crown Cola, on account of his black and tan coat—into his Jeep and drove 300 miles from Broomfield, Colorado, to the Rainbow Trout Ranch. Jon Billman, Outside Online, 13 Mar. 2017 Available in a whopping 47 colors ranging from neutrals like black and tan to colorful options like lavender and coral, the Carhartt hat is made in a shade for everyone. Claire Harmeyer,, 16 Feb. 2022 Blaise was strapped into a black and tan car seat and had a blanket wrapped around his legs, his parents told police. John Spink, ajc, 10 Nov. 2021 While style of the time often emphasized conservative navy, black and tan suits, Harvey would often stray from the norm with his silkened pinstripes, peach or yellow suits and even green-colored suits. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, 16 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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