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  1. a browning or a brown color of the skin resulting from exposure to sunlight or a sunlamp; tan.
  2. Also called mayfair tan, merida. a light to medium yellow-brown.
  3. Also called pastel orange. a medium orange color.
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verb (used with or without object), sun·tanned, sun·tan·ning.
  1. tan1(defs 2, 4).
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Origin of suntan

First recorded in 1900–05; sun + tan1
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Related Words for suntan

beige, drab, khaki, brownish, brown, natural, gold, saddle, ecru, cream, bronze, buff, biscuit, sand, suntan, olive, umber, tawny, yellowish

Examples from the Web for suntan

Historical Examples of suntan

  • I did recognize Mr. Kennedy and his suntan I had been hearing about.

    Warren Commission (6 of 26): Hearings Vol. VI (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • We all went out together in a group of boys and girls in order to get—to swim a little and to get a suntan.

    Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

British Dictionary definitions for suntan


    1. a brownish colouring of the skin caused by the formation of the pigment melanin within the skin on exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun or a sunlampOften shortened to: tan
    2. (as modifier)suntan oil
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Derived Formssuntanned, adjective
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Word Origin and History for suntan


also sun-tan, 1821, from sun (n.) + tan (v.). Related: Suntanned; suntanning. As a noun from 1904.

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