\ 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

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

Definition of roan (Entry 3 of 3)

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

First Known Use of roan


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


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 2 Jul. 2020.

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Kids Definition of roan

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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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