tanning

noun
Updated on: 1 Jan 2018

Definition of tanning

1 : a browning of the skin especially by exposure to sun
2 : the art or process by which a skin is tanned
3 : a sound spanking
4 : a natural darkening and hardening of the cuticle of an insect immediately after molting

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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

noun tan·ning \ ˈtan-iŋ \

medical Definition of tanning

: a browning of the skin by exposure to sun


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