verb (used with object), tanned, tan·ning.
verb (used without object), tanned, tan·ning.
adjective, tan·ner, tan·nest.
- tan oak,
- tan rot,
- tan someone's hide,
- tan, amy,
Origin of tan1
Origin of tan2
Examples from the Web for tan
Otis says he was wearing a tan jacket similar to one described by witnesses.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Little ricochets of dust kicked into the face of a tall man in a tan shalwar kameez and prayer cap.
During the season, he regularly takes a dugout seat where he can work on his tan.
His tan suggests he just stepped off a yacht or out of the pages of a J. Crew catalogue.
He has burrowed so deeply into his work that he hasn't even bothered to get a tan—much to New York's chagrin.Mad Men’s Dramatic Déjà Vu: ‘Time Zones’ Feels Redundant|Andrew Romano|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The tan thinned on Carmichael's face, but his hand was steady.The Goose Girl|Harold MacGrath
Her garments were rough and patched, but her face, protected by the sunbonnet, was untouched by tan.Dominie Dean|Ellis Parker Butler
Mr. Gunter tried to substitute the heat of steam for that of tan, as a bottom heat, but did not succeed.The different modes of cultivating the pine-apple|John Claudius Loudon
Tan stockings, with strappings of khaki wound round them, and moccasins.Patriotic Plays and Pageants for Young People|Constance D'Arcy Mackay
His lodge will not be poor for meat nor will his wife lack skins to tan, or hides for lodge skins.When Buffalo Ran|George Bird Grinnell
verb tans, tanning or tanned
adjective tanner or tannest
Word Origin for tan
late Old English tannian "to convert hide into leather" (by steeping it in tannin), from Medieval Latin tannare "tan, dye, a tawny color" (c.900), from tannum "crushed oak bark," used in tanning leather, probably from a Celtic source (e.g. Breton tann "oak tree"). The meaning "make brown by exposure to the sun" first recorded 1520s. To tan (someone's) hide in the figurative sense is from 1660s. Related: Tanned; tanning.
"bronze color imparted to skin by exposure to sun," 1749, see tan (v.). As a simple name for a brownish color, in any context, it is recorded from 1888. The adjective tan "of the color of tanned leather" is recorded from 1660s.