- (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
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Examples from the Web for black-and-tan
A black-and-tan police cruiser from the Florida Highway Patrol pulled up to the scene.The Tiger Coverup
May 3, 2010
In the flat across the hall from us lived a lady with a black-and-tan terrier.The Four Million
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
A young man at the same hotel had two setters and a black-and-tan terrier.The Speech of Monkeys
R. L. Garner
black and tan
- a mixture of stout or porter and ale
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