tawny

adjective
taw·​ny | \ ˈtȯ-nē How to pronounce tawny (audio) , ˈtä-nē \
tawnier; tawniest

Definition of tawny

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

tawny

noun
plural tawnies

Definition of tawny (Entry 2 of 2)

: a brownish-orange to light brown color

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Other Words from tawny

Adjective

tawniness noun

Synonyms for tawny

Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of tawny in a Sentence

Adjective the tawny coat of a lion
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Powell climbed into the passenger seat as Baker started the engine and steered out of the canyon through a series of switchbacks into tawny wheat fields that shimmered in the heat. Author: Richard Read, Anchorage Daily News, 26 July 2021 Strong contrasts of light and dark heighten the drama, most emphatically in the juxtaposition of the brilliantly lighted, tawny spritsail with the dark, billowing clouds looming behind it. Arthur Wheelock, WSJ, 27 Aug. 2021 Powell climbed into the passenger seat as Baker started the engine and steered out of the canyon through a series of switchbacks into tawny wheat fields that shimmered in the heat. Author: Richard Read, Anchorage Daily News, 26 July 2021 Powell climbed into the passenger seat as Baker started the engine and steered out of the canyon through a series of switchbacks into tawny wheat fields that shimmered in the heat. Author: Richard Read, Anchorage Daily News, 26 July 2021 In an analogous contemporary case, tawny owls in Finland are now changing their colors. Cal Flyn, WSJ, 3 June 2021 Powell climbed into the passenger seat as Baker started the engine and steered out of the canyon through a series of switchbacks into tawny wheat fields that shimmered in the heat. Author: Richard Read, Anchorage Daily News, 26 July 2021 Powell climbed into the passenger seat as Baker started the engine and steered out of the canyon through a series of switchbacks into tawny wheat fields that shimmered in the heat. Los Angeles Times, 18 July 2021 Collectors will also be interested in the company's cask strength and tawny barrel offerings. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, 13 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For winemakers considering the port route, Karlicek said deciding whether to go ruby or tawny would be the first step. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 19 Aug. 2020 From the air, this lowland delta, covering an area the size of Nebraska, is a tawny-and-cobalt expanse of tundra and tributaries and lakes, its looping rivers etching a dazzling curlicue. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 July 2019 Belquis Zahir rents out Filicudi House, almost a companion piece to Zucco Grande, with the same tawny, Afghan smoothness. Antonia Quirke, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Aug. 2019 Between us are a tawny Oriental rug and a table set with a pot of coffee and a spread of pastries in a striped Financier Patisserie box. Amy Chozick, Vogue, 28 Aug. 2018 Pour a delicate moscato with a fruit tart, a fortified tawny port with a decadent chocolate mousse. Catherine Lo, Good Housekeeping, 10 Feb. 2011 Lunar eclipses occur when the sun and moon are in direct opposition, a phenomenon that temporarily turns the moon a tawny, red tone. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, 29 June 2018 As Zarate places the skewers on the cast iron, the strips of flesh sear on contact, the anticucho sauce sizzling into an instant tawny crust. Patric Kuh, Los Angeles Magazine, 29 Sep. 2017 Simon's version of the highball, on the menu as the Ghost In The Shell, mixes Suntory's Toki, Niepoort tawny port, Weatherby's orange saffron bitters and apricot La Croix. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, chicagotribune.com, 11 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of tawny

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tawny

Adjective

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

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The first known use of tawny was in the 14th century

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15 Sep 2021

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“Tawny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tawny. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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tawny

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of tawny

: having a brownish-orange color

tawny

adjective
taw·​ny | \ ˈtȯ-nē How to pronounce tawny (audio) \
tawnier; tawniest

Kids Definition of tawny

: of a brownish orange color

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