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  1. a strong taste or flavor.

  2. the distinctive flavor or quality of a thing.

  1. a pungent or distinctive odor.

  2. a touch or suggestion of something; slight trace.

  3. 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.

verb (used with object)
  1. to furnish with a tang.

Origin of tang

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English tange “tongue of a snake, projection on a tool,” perhaps from Old Norse tangi “projection, headland, tang of a blade”

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Other definitions for tang (2 of 3)

[ tang ]

  1. a sharp ringing or twanging sound; clang.

verb (used with or without object)
  1. to ring or twang; clang.

Origin of tang

First recorded in 1660–70; imitative; see ting1

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or Tang

[ tahng ]

  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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How to use tang in a sentence

  • Different parts of certain articles require varying degrees of hardness, like the tangs of files.

  • Aweel, let him wed wi' her the noo "ower the tangs" an' ride awa wi' her on his saddle-bow.

    Border Ghost Stories | Howard Pease
  • The latter form of verse was in use so far back as the Han dynasty, but only reached perfection under the Tangs.

  • The wire would send forth metallic janglings and tangs as it was cut.

  • They have mostly been fixed in the towers and used as “ting-tangs.”

    Church Bells | H. B. Walters

British Dictionary definitions for tang (1 of 2)


/ (tæŋ) /

  1. a strong taste or flavour: the tang of the sea

  2. a pungent or characteristic smell: the tang of peat fires

  1. a trace, touch, or hint of something: a tang of cloves in the apple pie

  2. the pointed end of a tool, such as a chisel, file, knife, etc, which is fitted into a handle, shaft, or stock

Origin of tang

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

British Dictionary definitions for Tang (2 of 2)


/ (tæŋ) /

  1. the imperial dynasty of China from 618–907 ad

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