[blak-uh n-tan]


(of a dog) of a black color with tan markings above the eyes and on the muzzle, chest, legs, feet, and breech.
Informal. composed of or frequented by both blacks and whites: a black-and-tan musical revue of the 1920s.

Origin of black-and-tan

First recorded in 1855–60

Black and Tan


Usually Black and Tans. an armed force of about 6000 soldiers sent by the British government to Ireland in June, 1920, to suppress revolutionary activity: so called from the colors of their uniform.
a member of this force.
(lowercase) a drink made of equal parts of ale and stout or porter.
(lowercase) a black-and-tan dog.

Origin of Black and Tan

1880–85 for def 4 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for black-and-tan

Contemporary Examples of black-and-tan

  • A black-and-tan police cruiser from the Florida Highway Patrol pulled up to the scene.

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    The Tiger Coverup

    Steve Helling

    May 3, 2010

Historical Examples of black-and-tan

  • In the flat across the hall from us lived a lady with a black-and-tan terrier.

  • But then he's just as good a ratter as any black-and-tan you ever saw.

    Mark Gildersleeve

    John S. Sauzade

  • I said I didn't want a black-and-tan, and I'd throw a pug out of the window!

    Miss Elliot's Girls

    Mrs Mary Spring Corning

  • But I had my dog with me, such a dear little thing, a black-and-tan terrier.

    Cecilia de Nol

    Lanoe Falconer

  • A young man at the same hotel had two setters and a black-and-tan terrier.

British Dictionary definitions for black-and-tan

black and tan


a mixture of stout or porter and ale
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