- the process or art of converting hides or skins into leather.
- a browning or darkening of the skin, as by exposure to the sun.
- Informal. a thrashing; whipping.
Origin of tanning
- to convert (a hide) into leather, especially by soaking or steeping in a bath prepared from tanbark or synthetically.
- to make brown by exposure to ultraviolet rays, as of the sun.
- Informal. to thrash; spank.
- to become tanned.
- the brown color imparted to the skin by exposure to the sun or open air.
- yellowish brown; light brown.
- of the color of tan; yellowish-brown.
- used in or relating to tanning processes, materials, etc.
- tan someone's hide, Informal. to beat someone soundly: She threatened to tan our hides if she found us on her property again.
Origin of tan1
Related Words for tanninglash, thrash, cane, hide, spank, beat, punish, flay, baste, paddle, strap, leather, switch, lambaste, wax, strike, hit, whale, whack, belt
Examples from the Web for tanning
Contemporary Examples of tanning
In 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics called for an outright ban on use of tanning beds by minors.Wake Up, Parents: Letting Your Kid Tan Is Like Letting Them Smoke
June 24, 2014
The ambulantes are the sweat-on-the-brow beach hawkers who carry a variety of goods directly to your tanning spot.The Girl From Ipanema Is Not Alone: Rio’s Famous Beach Is A Rich, Cultural Kaleidoscope
June 23, 2014
His silence was “uncool and unprofessional,” as Dr. Tanning put it.My Therapist Dumped Me
April 4, 2014
Here's hoping Pauly D waits a few years before popping his tot in a tanning bed.‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’ Feud Heats Up, Jeremy Piven May Be Delaying ‘Entourage’ Film
October 23, 2013
I haunted her building and searched for her gym—even her tanning salon.My Search for Amanda Bynes … and Why I’m Calling It Off
May 29, 2013
Historical Examples of tanning
What have you to do with the beating of skins and the tanning of leather?'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
He had killed several deer and was tanning the hides at the time we arrived.Old Rail Fence Corners
But there were other reasons why he was ordered to leave the tanning business.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
The bark, too, is excellent for tanning—almost equal to that of the oak.The Young Voyageurs
Hides are also tanned by the use of chemicals, in what is called "chrome" tanning.Makers of Many Things
Eva March Tappan
- the brown colour produced by the skin after intensive exposure to ultraviolet rays, esp those of the sun
- a light or moderate yellowish-brown colour
- short for tanbark
- to go brown or cause to go brown after exposure to ultraviolet raysshe tans easily
- to convert (a skin or hide) into leather by treating it with a tanning agent, such as vegetable tannins, chromium salts, fish oils, or formaldehyde
- (tr) slang to beat or flog
- of the colour tantan gloves
- used in or relating to tanning
Word Origin for tan
- tangent (sense 2)
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.
- Abbreviation of tangent