tanning

noun

Definition of tanning

  1. 1 :  the art or process by which a skin is tanned

  2. 2 :  a browning of the skin especially by exposure to sun

  3. 3 :  a sound spanking

  4. 4 :  a natural darkening and hardening of the cuticle of an insect immediately after molting

15th Century

First Known Use of tanning

15th century


TANNING Defined for English Language Learners

tanning

noun

Definition of tanning for English Language Learners

  • : the act or process of darkening your skin by exposing it to the bright light of the sun or a special type of lamp


Medical Dictionary

tanning

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noun tan·ning \ˈtan-iŋ\

Medical Definition of tanning

  1. :  a browning of the skin by exposure to sun




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