[ rohn ]
/ roʊn /


(chiefly of horses) of the color sorrel, chestnut, or bay, sprinkled with gray or white.
prepared from leather of this color.


a horse or other animal with a roan coat.
a roan color.
a soft, flexible sheepskin leather, used in bookbinding, often made to imitate morocco.


Nearby words

  1. roadwork,
  2. roadworks,
  3. roadworthy,
  4. roam,
  5. roaming,
  6. roanoke,
  7. roanoke island,
  8. roanoke rapids,
  9. roar,
  10. roar up

Origin of roan

1520–30; < Middle French < Old Spanish roano < Germanic; compare Gothic rauths red Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for roan


/ (rəʊn) /


(of a horse) having a bay (red roan), chestnut (strawberry roan), or black (blue roan) coat sprinkled with white hairs


a horse having such a coat
a soft unsplit sheepskin leather with a close tough grain, used in bookbinding, etc

Word Origin for roan

C16: from Old French, from Spanish roano, probably from Gothic rauths red

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Word Origin and History for roan



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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