sun·​tan | \ ˈsən-ˌtan How to pronounce suntan (audio) \

Definition of suntan

1 : a browning of the skin from exposure to the rays of the sun
2 suntans plural : a tan-colored summer uniform

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Other Words from suntan

suntanned \ ˈsən-​ˌtand How to pronounce suntanned (audio) \ adjective

Examples of suntan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Being furloughed is like being sentenced to live in a closet while being ordered to get a suntan. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: This MLB season will purely be about entertainment," 29 June 2020 Bake until the sauce has taken on the glow of a suntan. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "It's 'Derby' week. Here are 3 Hot Brown recipes from Louisville restaurants to try at home," 29 Apr. 2020 Their most recent dispatches, posted to their 342,000 followers, showcase idyllic weather and suntans in Fiji, the Maldives and Japan. Sarah Frier,, "Instagram Versus Reality: Travel Influencers Gloss Over Coronavirus," 29 Apr. 2020 The woman is wearing a chic Eres bikini; the man's suntan is nut brown, like a '70s gigolo. Kate Holstein, Condé Nast Traveler, "Falling in Love With St. Barts All Over Again," 10 Apr. 2020 The backyard oasis features an infinity pool with suntan deck, spa and an outdoor kitchen. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Renderings show inside an ultra-modern, cutting-edge community planned for Cypress," 16 Dec. 2019 Folsom is where people come to boat and ski or wakeboard, suntan on the beaches, float around, swim or paddle, and in winter, fish for bass or trout. Tom Stienstra,, "5 spots to beat the heat in Sacramento," 21 Aug. 2019 However, the afterglow of Biarritz might wear off quicker than the caramel suntan Macron brought back from his summer vacation as France returns from beach holidays to work and domestic issues come back to the fore. Washington Post, "Macron’s G-7 performance arms him for likely troubles ahead," 28 Aug. 2019 The scent of suntan lotion is getting rudely pushed out by pumpkin spice fumes, the shadows of the trees will start leaning a little harder against the walls, and the buses will all fill with backpacks attached to half-awake people. Michael Andor Brodeur,, "The Weekender: ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon,’ ‘The Tempest,’ and The Boss," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of suntan

1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Suntan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of suntan

: a browning of the skin that is caused by the sun's rays


sun·​tan | \ ˈsən-ˌtan How to pronounce suntan (audio) \

Kids Definition of suntan

: a browning of skin from exposure to the sun


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Medical Definition of suntan

: a browning of the skin from exposure to the rays of the sun

Other Words from suntan

suntanned \ -​ˌtand How to pronounce suntanned (audio) \ adjective

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