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tawny

adjective taw·ny \ ˈtȯ-nē , ˈtä-nē \

Definition of tawny

tawnier; tawniest
1 :of the color tawny
2 :of a warm sandy color
  • the lion's tawny coat

tawniness

noun

Examples of tawny in a Sentence

  1. the tawny coat of a lion

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Origin and Etymology of tawny

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


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tawny

noun

Definition of tawny

plural tawnies
:a brownish-orange to light brown color

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First Known Use of tawny

15th century


TAWNY Defined for English Language Learners

tawny

adjective

Definition of tawny for English Language Learners

  • : having a brownish-orange color


TAWNY Defined for Kids

tawny

adjective taw·ny \ ˈtȯ-nē \

Definition of tawny for Students

tawnier; tawniest
:of a brownish orange color


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