sun·​tan ˈsən-ˌtan How to pronounce suntan (audio)
: a browning of the skin from exposure to the rays of the sun
suntans plural : a tan-colored summer uniform
suntanned adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Your next trip should be: Italy Off-Season… Because at the end of the day, no one comes to Italy for a suntan. Town & Country, 14 Dec. 2022 Fresh from a detox retreat in Turkey, her unapologetic suntan is intensified by antique turquoise jewelry and that bright, crooked smile. Emma Elwick-bates, Vogue, 31 Aug. 2022 Being furloughed is like being sentenced to live in a closet while being ordered to get a suntan. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 29 June 2020 Bake until the sauce has taken on the glow of a suntan. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, 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,, 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, 10 Apr. 2020 The backyard oasis features an infinity pool with suntan deck, spa and an outdoor kitchen. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, 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,, 21 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of suntan was in 1809

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Cite this Entry

“Suntan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


sun·​tan -ˌtan How to pronounce suntan (audio)
: a browning of the skin from being exposed to the rays of the sun
suntanned adjective

Medical Definition


sun·​tan -ˌtan How to pronounce suntan (audio)
: a browning of the skin from exposure to the rays of the sun
suntanned adjective

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