verb (used with object), tanned, tan·ning.
verb (used without object), tanned, tan·ning.
adjective, tan·ner, tan·nest.
- tan oak,
- tan rot,
- tan someone's hide,
- tan, amy,
Origin of tan1
Examples from the Web for tanned
You go for your gold-digger lessons, then you go get waxed and tanned.
The men are smoking cigars, the women are tanned and bedecked.Beirut Letter: In Lebanon, Fighting ISIS With Culture and Satire|Kim Ghattas|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Tanned from his new life in the Dominican Republic, he explained how the various court proceedings had “ruined his life.”
Cooled and dried, the wound scarred smooth as tanned leather.
As she spoke about the hunger strike, her tanned, pretty face drew tight.
Surely not more than twenty years of age, of medium height, a peach complexion, tanned a little but fair to look at.David Lannarck, Midget|George S. Harney
Sheridan's tanned face flushed deeply, and a great light leaped up in his eyes, as he received the magnificent salute.The Tree of Appomattox|Joseph A. Altsheler
Like all other kinds of skins they are not tanned, but curried.The Central Eskimo|Franz Boas
The skins are tanned by soaking the green hides in running water for one to four hours.Touring Afoot|Claude Powell Fordyce
They are then soaked back and tanned out in stronger liquors (11-20), which takes up to one week.Animal Proteins|Hugh Garner Bennett
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.