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  1. a strong taste or flavor.
  2. the distinctive flavor or quality of a thing.
  3. a pungent or distinctive odor.
  4. a touch or suggestion of something; slight trace.
  5. a long and slender projecting strip, tongue, or prong forming part of an object, as a chisel, file, or knife, and serving as a means of attachment for another part, as a handle or stock.
  6. a surgeonfish.
verb (used with object)
  1. to furnish with a tang.

Origin of tang

1300–50; Middle English tange tongue of a snake, projection on a tool, perhaps < Old Norse tangi projection, headland

Synonyms for tang

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1. savor. 4. taste, hint.


  1. a sharp ringing or twanging sound; clang.
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to ring or twang; clang.

Origin of tang

1550–60; imitative; see ting1


or Tang

  1. a dynasty in China, a.d. 618–907, marked by territorial expansion, the invention of printing, and the high development of poetry.
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Contemporary Examples of tang

Historical Examples of tang

  • His real name was Li, and he belonged to the ruling Tang dynasty.

  • IN the days of the Tang dynasty there lived a certain count in the camp at Ludschou.

  • Li Dsing had an old friend, a companion of the Prince of Tang.

  • There was a snap and tang in the breeze which braced one like a tonic.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Then there is an inspiration in the wide expanse, a snap and tang and joy in the air.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for tang


  1. a strong taste or flavourthe tang of the sea
  2. a pungent or characteristic smellthe tang of peat fires
  3. a trace, touch, or hint of somethinga tang of cloves in the apple pie
  4. the pointed end of a tool, such as a chisel, file, knife, etc, which is fitted into a handle, shaft, or stock

Word Origin for tang

C14: from Old Norse tangi point; related to Danish tange point, spit


  1. the imperial dynasty of China from 618–907 ad
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Word Origin and History for tang

mid-14c., "serpent's tongue" (thought to be a stinging organ), later "sharp extension of a metal blade" (1680s), from Old Norse tangi "spit of land, pointed metal tool," perhaps related to tunga "tongue" (see tongue). Figurative sense of "a sharp taste" is first recorded mid-15c.; that of "suggestion, trace" is from 1590s. The fish (1734) so called for their spines.

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