tanner

noun (1)
tan·​ner | \ ˈta-nər How to pronounce tanner (audio) \
plural tanners

Definition of tanner

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one that tans hides
2 : one who acquires or seeks to acquire a suntan Scott Beach is for dedicated tanners, day-long sun and lots of space.— Charlotte Curtis
3 : 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

tanner

noun (2)

Definition of tanner (Entry 2 of 2)

British

First Known Use of tanner

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

circa 1811, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tanner

Noun (2)

origin unknown

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“Tanner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tanner. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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tanner

noun
tan·​ner | \ ˈta-nər How to pronounce tanner (audio) \

Kids Definition of tanner

: a person who tans hides into leather

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