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roan

[rohn] /roʊn/
adjective
1.
(chiefly of horses) of the color sorrel, chestnut, or bay, sprinkled with gray or white.
2.
prepared from leather of this color.
noun
3.
a horse or other animal with a roan coat.
4.
a roan color.
5.
a soft, flexible sheepskin leather, used in bookbinding, often made to imitate morocco.
Origin of roan
1520-1530
1520-30; < Middle French < Old Spanish roano < Germanic; compare Gothic rauths red
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Examples from the Web for roan
Historical Examples
  • Have them saddle the roan for me, and they may take the chestnut pair and lead Firefly.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • He would give the roan a flick, and his sulky would flash by.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • There's a big five-year-old roan around here that will be safe as a church for you.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • "You are very good, madam," said Mr. Wilding, and he bowed to the withers of his roan.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • Sile's horse was a roan, and looked like a fast one under a light weight like his.

    Two Arrows William O. Stoddard
  • He shall have the roan that hoisted you out of the saddle with his hind quarters.

    That Boy Of Norcott's Charles James Lever
  • The roan squatted and ducked sidewise, and Lance raised his head.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • He untied and mounted the roan and circled the vicinity cautiously.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • “He needs it,” said Lance grimly, with his twisted smile, and went back to the roan.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • There was a roan horse in this one which I knew to belong to the doctor.

British Dictionary definitions for roan

roan

/rəʊn/
adjective
1.
(of a horse) having a bay (red roan), chestnut (strawberry roan), or black (blue roan) coat sprinkled with white hairs
noun
2.
a horse having such a coat
3.
a soft unsplit sheepskin leather with a close tough grain, used in bookbinding, etc
Word Origin
C16: from Old French, from Spanish roano, probably from Gothic rauths red
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Word Origin and History for roan
adj.

1520s, from Middle French roan "reddish brown," perhaps from Spanish roano, from Old Spanish raudano, probably from a Germanic source (cf. Gothic raudan, accusative of rauðs "red"). Chiefly of horses.

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