roan

adjective
\ ˈrōn How to pronounce roan (audio) also ˈrō-ən How to pronounce roan (audio) \

Definition of roan

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: having the base color (such as red, black, or brown) muted and lightened by admixture of white hairs a roan horse a roan calf

roan

noun (1)

Definition of roan (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : an animal (such as a horse) with a roan coat usually used of a red roan when unqualified
2 : the color of a roan horse used especially when the base color is red

roan

noun (2)

Definition of roan (Entry 3 of 3)

: sheepskin tanned with sumac and colored and finished to imitate morocco

First Known Use of roan

Adjective

1530, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1818, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for roan

Adjective

Middle French, from Old Spanish roano

Noun (2)

origin unknown

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“Roan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/roan. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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roan

adjective
\ ˈrōn How to pronounce roan (audio) \

Kids Definition of roan

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of a dark color (as black or brown) mixed with white a roan horse

roan

noun

Kids Definition of roan (Entry 2 of 2)

: an animal (as a horse) with a dark-colored coat mixed with white

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