- (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.
Origin of roan
Examples from the Web for roan
Historical Examples of roan
Have them saddle the roan for me, and they may take the chestnut pair and lead Firefly.In the Valley
He would give the roan a flick, and his sulky would flash by.Tiverton Tales
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
Sile's horse was a roan, and looked like a fast one under a light weight like his.Two Arrows
William O. Stoddard
- (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
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.