Definition of tawny
1 : of the color tawny
2 : of a warm sandy color the lion's tawny coat
Examples of tawny in a Sentence
the tawny coat of a lion
Recent Examples of tawny from the Web
Unlike typical gray house mice, white-footed mice, known as Peromyscus leucopus, are tawny brown, aside from the white that covers their bellies and feet.
Their shells come in a variety of colors including white, tawny orange, yellow and dark gray.
From a distance, the young male with the thick, tawny coat was distinguishable by a blue tag affixed to each ear.
Other jars are golden-colored to tawny brown, depending on which wildflowers are nearby.
Several red and tawny rices fall into this category.
The Ghost Ranch was seventy miles northwest of Santa Fe, in the high desert landscape of red earth, blue sky, and distant, tawny mountains that her paintings have burned into our collective memory.
Her previously loose and tawny hair is now marcelled and peroxide blond; her glittering but shapeless black gown projects the expensive glamour of a society matron.
SAMBURU NATIONAL RESERVE, Kenya — The Land Cruiser bumped and rattled over the lush, tawny savanna dotted with acacia trees.
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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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of tawny
: a brownish-orange to light brown color
First Known Use of tawny
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Definition of tawny for English Language Learners
: having a brownish-orange color
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Definition of tawny for Students
: of a brownish orange color
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