spray tan


plural spray tans
: a simulated suntan produced by darkening the skin with a sprayed-on chemical preparation
There's no doubt that, when choosing between a spray tan and actual tanning, the former is a much safer way to achieve a summer glow.Zoë Weiner
Someone gave me a gift certificate for a spray tan a few years ago. It left me golden brown with a just a hint of orange, but had an unpleasant odor to it.Lori Borgman
also : the chemical preparation used to produce a spray tan
Pantyhose are making a comeback! … We might have Kate Middleton to thank for that, or women could have just gotten really tired of applying spray tan to their legs during winter. Jennifer Wright

Examples of spray tan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Grammy winner’s bronzy glow could certainly be attributed to a spray tan, but the superstar has been catching some sun while vacationing in the Bahamas with her boyfriend, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. Catherine Santino, Peoplemag, 2 Apr. 2024 Kornegay showed fans the apparent makeup and spray tan stains that were left on the white couch following the taping. Becca Longmire, Peoplemag, 28 Mar. 2024 O’Brian appreciated that Glass took moviegoers literally behind the curtain, where people put on spray tans and do last-minute bicep curls. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 17 Mar. 2024 Isabel’s own journey from going from Kim Kardashian’s go-to spray tan artist to the founder of her own product line highlights the outsized impact of cooperation and openness. Alexander Puutio, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Luckily, the formulas used in spray tans have continuously improved. Keyvan Nouri, M.d., Jessica Cervantes and John Tsatalis, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Rose-Ann envisions wearing it with black fishnets and a de rigueur spray tan. Cathy Alter, Washington Post, 16 Aug. 2023 And obviously, a spray tan and white dresses doesn't really mix. Kaitlyn Huamani, Peoplemag, 13 Aug. 2023 Most profoundly, those Native American characters are finally being played by Native American actors, instead of White actors coated in reddish spray tan. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spray tan was in 1950

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“Spray tan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spray%20tan. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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