verb (used with object), tanned, tan·ning.
verb (used without object), tanned, tan·ning.
adjective, tan·ner, tan·nest.
Origin of tan1
Origin of tan2
Related Words for tanbeige, drab, khaki, brownish, brown, natural, gold, saddle, ecru, cream, bronze, buff, biscuit, sand, suntan, olive, umber, lash, thrash, cane
Examples from the Web for tan
Contemporary Examples of 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
January 3, 2015
Little ricochets of dust kicked into the face of a tall man in a tan shalwar kameez and prayer cap.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
During the season, he regularly takes a dugout seat where he can work on his tan.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
He had on tan pants and a white T-shirt, had a goatee, and his overgrown hair was held back to one side with a barrette.The Stacks: The Day ‘The Big Lebowski’ Came to Life
July 26, 2014
His tan suggests he just stepped off a yacht or out of the pages of a J. Crew catalogue.Inside Uber’s Political War Machine
June 30, 2014
Historical Examples of tan
Let the leatherist guard his premises with a good-sized Black—and tan.
He rose when she entered, and if he was not as pale as she was, it was because his tan dissembled it.Captain Blood
There was a dull flush showing through the tan of Fletcher's skin.Mistress Wilding
Tan also is due to pigment in the skin and is caused by light.Common Science
Carleton W. Washburne
Code had gone a sickly pallor that looked hideous through his tan.The Harbor of Doubt
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.