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

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The discoloration that phytophotodermatitis leaves behind will fade in time, much like a suntan, says Dr. Shainhouse. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Beware of Phytophotodermatitis, The Weird Sun Reaction That Could Definitely Ruin Your Summer," 18 Aug. 2018 But Yahoo Lifestyle pointed out that some people took issue with the young girl's suntan. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Country Star Jessie James Decker Is Getting Shamed Online for This Photo of Her Daughter," 12 July 2018 The rippling panels join the clattery Cyclone, screaming teenagers, scent of suntan lotion and swarms of sea gulls picking at scraps of hot dog buns. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Coney Island’s Newest Wonder: Sharkitecture!," 28 June 2018 His business in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico distributing all-natural suntan oil went kaput in what was a years-long, nonstop party finished off by Hurricane Marilyn in 1995. Lauren Ritchie,, "Candidate says wild life has prepared him for office," 16 June 2018 The boy was 11 years old and had never seen a man in the middle of winter with a suntan and such straight teeth in his corner of the United States, the small towns baked into the impoverished hills of eastern Kentucky. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, "They were Kentucky’s poorest, most desperate people. And he was a Kennedy with an entourage.," 21 Feb. 2018 Raise your Bloody Mary in a salute to the bloody battle of the Bulge, and then continue to work on your suntan. Herb Caen,, "A moment’s silence, Herb Caen, 1982," 23 May 2018 Ah, the sweet smells of summer: freshly cut grass, barbeque on a grill, the beach and suntan lotion. David Carrig, USA TODAY, "U.S. Postal Service announces first-ever scratch and sniff stamp with popsicle scent," 21 May 2018 The actor, perhaps known best for his starring role in Love at First Bite and his perpetual suntan (which is still going strong for the 78-year-old), is reprising his role as Colonel Sanders in the next round of KFC commercials. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Here's What the New KFC Colonel George Hamilton Thinks of Reba McEntire's Portrayal," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of suntan

1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


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

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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