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Idioms about tan

    tan someone's hide, Informal. to beat someone soundly: She threatened to tan our hides if she found us on her property again.

Origin of tan

1
First recorded before 1000; 1920–25 for def. 2; Middle English tannen “to make hide into leather,” late Old English tannian (only in past participle getanned ), from Medieval Latin tannāre, derivative of tannum “oak bark, tanbark,” from Germanic; compare Old High German tanna “oak, fir,” akin to Dutch den “fir”

OTHER WORDS FROM tan

tan·na·ble, adjectiveun·tanned, adjectivewell-tanned, adjective

Other definitions for tan (2 of 4)

tan2
[ tan ]
/ tæn /

noun

Origin of tan

2
By shortening

Other definitions for tan (3 of 4)

Tan
[ tan ]
/ tæn /

noun
Amy, born 1952, U.S. novelist.

Other definitions for tan (4 of 4)

TAN
[ tan ]
/ tæn /

noun
tax-anticipation note.
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How to use tan in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for tan (1 of 2)

tan1
/ (tæn) /

noun
verb tans, tanning or tanned
adjective tanner or tannest
of the colour tantan gloves
used in or relating to tanning

Derived forms of tan

tannable, adjectivetannish, adjective

Word Origin for tan

Old English tannian (unattested as infinitive, attested as getanned, past participle), from Medieval Latin tannāre, from tannum tanbark, perhaps of Celtic origin; compare Irish tana thin

British Dictionary definitions for tan (2 of 2)

tan2
/ (tæn) /

abbreviation for
tangent (sense 2)
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Scientific definitions for tan

tan

Abbreviation of tangent
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