a seaport in N Morocco, on the W Strait of Gibraltar: capital of the former Tangier Zone.

Also Tan·giers [tan-jeerz] /tænˈdʒɪərz/.
French Tan·ger [tahn-zhey] /tɑ̃ˈʒeɪ/.



adjective, tang·i·er, tang·i·est.

having a tang.

Origin of tangy

First recorded in 1870–75; tang1 + -y1
Related formstang·i·ness, noun
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a port in N Morocco, on the Strait of Gibraltar: a Phoenician trading post in the 15th century bc; a neutral international zone (1923–56); made the summer capital of Morocco and a free port in 1962; commercial and financial centre. Pop: 526 000 (2003)


adjective tangier or tangiest

having a pungent, fresh, or briny flavour or aromaa tangy sea breeze
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Word Origin and History for tangier



1875, from tang + -y (2). Figurative use by 1948. Related: Tanginess.

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