spray tan

plural spray tans

Definition of spray tan

: 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

First Known Use of spray tan

1950, in the meaning defined above

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“Spray tan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spray%20tan. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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