- of a dark yellowish or dull yellowish-brown color.
- a shade of brown tinged with yellow; dull yellowish brown.
Origin of tawny
1350–1400; Middle English tauny < Anglo-French taune < Middle French tané, past participle of taner to tan1
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- R (ichard) H (enry). 1880–1962, British economic historian, born in India. His chief works are The Acquisitive Society (1920), Religion and the Rise of Capitalism (1926), and Equality (1931)
- a light brown to brownish-orange colour
- (as adjective)tawny port
C14: from Old French tané, from taner to tan 1
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Word Origin and History for tawnier
"tan-colored," late 14c., from Anglo-French tauné "associated with the brownish-yellow of tanned leather," from Old French tané (12c.), past participle of taner "to tan hides," from Medieval Latin tannare (see tan).
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