tan·​ning ˈta-niŋ How to pronounce tanning (audio)
: a browning of the skin especially by exposure to sun
: the art or process by which a skin is tanned
: a sound spanking
: a natural darkening and hardening of the cuticle of an insect immediately after molting

Examples of tanning in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But is the latter actually safe? Before picking an avenue for your summer vacation tan, read on to learn which tanning option is a big no-no and which are safer, according to dermatologists. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 3 July 2024 The material can also be formulated to different durability levels — meaning it can be used for a wide range of products, from handbags to seating — and can be dyed during the production process instead of using traditional polluting tanning methods. Rhonda Richford, WWD, 2 July 2024 Melanin has protective properties against UV radiation; therefore tanning should be encouraged. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 21 June 2024 When you’re exposed to UV light from the sun or a tanning bed, your skin absorbs that light, which causes mutations in your DNA. Maria Godoy, NPR, 17 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for tanning 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of tanning was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Tanning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tanning. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the art or process by which an animal skin is tanned
: a browning of the skin especially by exposure to the sun
: a usually severe whipping

Medical Definition


tan·​ning ˈtan-iŋ How to pronounce tanning (audio)
: a browning of the skin by exposure to sun
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