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adjective taw·ny \ˈtȯ-nē, ˈtä-nē\

Definition of tawny

tawnier

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tawniest

  1. 1 :  of the color tawny

  2. 2 :  of a warm sandy color the lion's tawny coat

tawniness

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Examples of tawny in a Sentence

  1. the tawny coat of a lion

Origin and Etymology of tawny

Middle English, from Anglo-French tané, tauné, literally, tanned, from past participle of tanner to tan


First Known Use: 14th century


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tawny

noun taw·ny

Definition of tawny

plural

tawnies

  1. :  a brownish-orange to light brown color

15th Century

First Known Use of tawny

15th century


TAWNY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of tawny for English Language Learners

  • : having a brownish-orange color


TAWNY Defined for Kids

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adjective taw·ny \ˈtȯ-nē\

Definition of tawny for Students

tawnier

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tawniest

  1. :  of a brownish orange color



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