\ ˈtaŋ How to pronounce tang (audio) \

Definition of tang

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1a : a sharp distinctive often lingering flavor
b : a pungent odor
c : something having the effect of a tang (as in stimulation of the senses) the tang of the autumn air add tang to your writing
2a : a faint suggestion : trace my comment held a tang of sarcasm
b : a distinguishing characteristic that sets apart or gives a special individuality
3 : a projecting shank, prong, fang, or tongue (as on a knife, file, or sword) to connect with the handle
4 : any of various surgeonfishes — compare blue tang
tanged; tanging; tangs

Definition of tang (Entry 2 of 5)

transitive verb

1 : to furnish with a tang
2 : to affect with a tang
tanged; tanging; tangs

Definition of tang (Entry 3 of 5)

Definition of tang (Entry 4 of 5)

: a sharp twanging sound
\ ˈtäŋ How to pronounce Tang (audio) \
variants: or T'ang

Definition of Tang (Entry 5 of 5)

: a Chinese dynasty dated a.d. 618–907 and marked by wide contacts with other cultures and by the development of printing and the flourishing of poetry and art

Other Words from tang

Noun (1)

tanged \ ˈtaŋd How to pronounce tanged (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of tang

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Verb (1)

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1556, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1686, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1669, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tang

Noun (1)

Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse tangi point of land, tang

Verb (2)


Noun (3)

Chinese (Beijing) Táng

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“Tang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tang. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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Kids Definition of tang

: a sharp flavor or smell

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