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


plural tawnies

Definition of tawny (Entry 2 of 2)

: a brownish-orange to light brown color

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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 Most of the year, the green from the chlorophyll overpowers the carotenoids, says Heberling, but in the fall, as the chlorophyll starts to break down, all those bright, tawny colors start to show. Washington Post, "Ever wondered why trees ditch their leaves each fall?," 20 Sep. 2020 Photos show the long, lean cat is tawny in color with dark spots and has lengthy ears rounded at the top. orlandosentinel.com, "Spartacus, serval cat originally from Florida zoo, found safe after escape from home," 14 Sep. 2020 For a chiseled contour, Ham squeezes the head of their brush for a more precise application and swipes tawny powder along the cheekbones and jawline. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Watch London Nightlife Fixture Parma Ham’s Extreme Gothic Beauty Transformation," 2 Sep. 2020 From ruby styles with bold floral fruit and spice to tawny styles that spend 7-30 years in the barrel oxidizing and developing, port-style wines come in a range of styles offering something for almost any wine drinker. Lauren Saria, The Arizona Republic, "Want to give an Arizona port-style wine a try? Here are 7 worth sipping," 19 Aug. 2020 His students are also doing a 2019 barbera in a tawny port style. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, "This isn't your grandpa's port. These Arizona wineries are aging the next big thing," 19 Aug. 2020 This is especially true of the female, because her tawny coloration makes the fluttering of her feathers more visible. National Geographic, "They may look goofy, but ostriches are nobody’s fool," 4 Aug. 2020 Robins, Wisconsin's state bird, are abundant and easy to spot in the Badger State in the spring, with their tawny bellies bobbing along the ground and in the air. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "12 Wisconsin birds to look for in your backyard and beyond," 8 May 2020 Each day the tawny redheads mingle and cluck, drink water and peck at their food. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "It wasn't just toilet paper. People stocked up on eggs during pandemic, sending wholesale prices skyrocketing," 23 Apr. 2020 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, "This isn't your grandpa's port. These Arizona wineries are aging the next big thing," 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, "Will climate change force this Alaska village to relocate?," 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, "These Islands Near Sicily Might Be the Last Uncrowded Part of Italy," 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, "Stormy Daniels Isn’t Backing Down," 28 Aug. 2018 Pour a delicate moscato with a fruit tart, a fortified tawny port with a decadent chocolate mousse. Catherine Lo, Good Housekeeping, "5 Quick Wine Pairing Tips for Valentine's Day," 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, "What July's Pisces Horoscope Means for You," 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, "The Food at Rosaliné Is Full of Heart (Yes, Literally) and You Need to Taste It," 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, "Move over, sake: Chicago's thirst for Japanese whisky is on the rise," 11 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of tawny


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tawny


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

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26 Sep 2020

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“Tawny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tawny. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tawny

: having a brownish-orange color


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

Kids Definition of tawny

: of a brownish orange color

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