[ suhn-tan ]
/ ˈsʌnˌtæn /


a browning or a brown color of the skin resulting from exposure to sunlight or a sunlamp; tan.
Also called mayfair tan, merida. a light to medium yellow-brown.
Also called pastel orange. a medium orange color.

verb (used with or without object), sun·tanned, sun·tan·ning.

Origin of suntan

First recorded in 1900–05; sun + tan1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for suntan

/ (ˈsʌnˌtæn) /


  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

Derived forms of suntan

suntanned, adjective
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