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tan·​ner ˈta-nər How to pronounce tanner (audio)
plural tanners
: one that tans hides
: one who acquires or seeks to acquire a suntan
Scott Beach is for dedicated tanners, day-long sun and lots of space.Charlotte Curtis
: a cosmetic product that when applied to the skin reacts chemically with its surface layer to give the appearance of a suntan : self tanner
Most tanners go on colorless; you may have to wait an hour or more for the tan to appear.Consumer Reports


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The best face tanners aren’t just for those dreary winter months. Brigitt Earley, Glamour, 28 Mar. 2024 The nearly 500-foot-wide beach has many users, from surfers and sun tanners to volleyball and soccer teams. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Jan. 2024 This process— still used by specialized tanners today — involves extracting tannin from the bark of oak trees, which is then infused into hides during an extended soaking process in vats at a tannery. Samuel M. Riley, Baltimore Sun, 13 Jan. 2024 Those who value convenience and mess-free self tanner may enjoy spray and towelettes, although spray tanners aren’t the best for beginners. Addie Morton, Southern Living, 4 Mar. 2024 Frey also said using tanners on the face can lead to unknown allergic reactions for some people, depending on the ingredients in the products. Brittany Kasko, Fox News, 14 Feb. 2024 His father, George, owned 25,000 acres of land and operated large plantations in Virginia, relying on enslaved people to work as carpenters, coopers, sawyers, blacksmiths, tanners, shoemakers, spinners, weavers, knitters, distillers, cooks, laundry maids and field laborers. Sue Eisenfeld, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Feb. 2024 Tejada recommends finding a tanner that matches your undertones, and fortunately, these oils react to the pH of your skin to customize a tan that’s just right for your coloring. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 30 Jan. 2024 Eight Maryland tanners participated, all from Baltimore except for A.K. Shriver & Sons. Samuel M. Riley, Baltimore Sun, 13 Jan. 2024

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Word History


Noun (2)

origin unknown

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

circa 1811, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tanner was before the 12th century

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“Tanner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tanner. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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: a person who tans hides

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