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tan

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verb \ˈtan\

Definition of tan

tanned

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tanning

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make (skin) tan especially by exposure to the sun

  3. 2a :  to convert (hide) into leather by treatment with an infusion of tannin-rich bark or other agent of similar effectb :  to convert (protein) to leather or a similar substance

  4. 3 :  thrash, whip

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to get or become tan

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Origin and Etymology of tan

Middle English tannen, from Anglo-French tanner, from Medieval Latin tannare, from tanum, tannum tanbark


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tan

adjective

Definition of tan

tanner

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tannest

  1. 1 :  of the color tan

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or used for tan or tanning

Examples of tan in a Sentence

  1. I can't believe how tan she is!

  2. a horse with tan markings

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First Known Use of tan

1586


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tan

noun

Definition of tan

  1. 1 :  a brown color imparted to the skin especially by exposure to the sun

  2. 2 :  a light yellowish brown

  3. 3 tans plural :  tan-colored articles of clothing

  4. 4 :  a tanning material or its active agent (such as tannin)

Examples of tan in a Sentence

  1. I got a tan on my vacation.

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Origin and Etymology of tan

French, tanbark, from Old French, from Medieval Latin tanum


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tan

abbreviation

Definition of tan

  1. tangent



TAN Defined for English Language Learners

tan

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verb

Definition of tan for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (skin) to become darker especially from being exposed to the sun's rays

  • : to become darker especially from being exposed to the sun's rays

  • : to change (the skin of an animal) into leather by a chemical process

tan

adjective

Definition of tan for English Language Learners

  • : having skin that has been made darker by being exposed to the sun's rays

  • : having a light brown color

tan

noun

Definition of tan for English Language Learners

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

  • : a light brown color


TAN Defined for Kids

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tan

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verb \ˈtan\

Definition of tan for Students

tanned

;

tanning

  1. 1 :  to change animal hide into leather especially by soaking in a tannin solution

  2. 2 :  to make or become brown in color She doesn't tan. Instead, she gets a sunburn.

  3. 3 :  1beat 1, thrash


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tan

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adjective

Definition of tan for Students

tanner

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tannest

  1. :  of a light yellowish brown color


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tan

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noun

Definition of tan for Students

  1. 1 :  a brown color given to the skin by the sun or wind

  2. 2 :  a light yellowish brown :  the color of sand


Medical Dictionary

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tan

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verb \ˈtan\

Medical Definition of tan

tanned

;

tanning

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to make (skin) tan especially by exposure to the sun

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to get or become tanned


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tan

noun

Medical Definition of tan

  1. :  a brown color imparted to the skin by exposure to the sun or wind



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