tan·​ning | \ ˈta-niŋ How to pronounce tanning (audio) \

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

Examples of tanning in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site, the large site includes the 12th century abbey, water mill, palatial country house, Victorian church, huge Georgian water garden—and now a major tanning operation. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Oct. 2021 There is also a guest suite, indoor pool, gym, theater, tanning room, sauna and billiard room. oregonlive, 24 Dec. 2021 Gibson, the founder of St. Tropez, a tanning products brand, traveled to Lake Como during the home’s development process to observe and be inspired by the palazzos there. Helena Madden, Robb Report, 8 Oct. 2021 There was the incorporation of quick tanning products, too. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 30 Sep. 2021 The 30-by-14-foot pool has a tanning ledge with bubblers. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Sep. 2021 One thing that came up again and again with the cooks from New York in the '80s, was that Tony was really competitive about tanning, of all things. Seija Rankin, EW.com, 24 Sep. 2021 The massive outdoor area features a pool with a slide, a spa and hot tub, fountains and a tanning ledge. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Sep. 2021 Constructed of waterproof Italian leather, the boots are manufactured with eco-friendly practices, including the use of green energy in its factories and environmentally-conscious tanning procedures. Olivia O'bryon, Forbes, 7 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of tanning

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Tanning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tanning. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of tanning

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


tan·​ning | \ ˈtan-iŋ How to pronounce tanning (audio) \

Medical Definition of tanning

: a browning of the skin by exposure to sun


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