verb (used with object), tanned, tan·ning.
verb (used without object), tanned, tan·ning.
adjective, tan·ner, tan·nest.
Origin of tan1
Origin of tan2
Related Words for tansbeige, drab, khaki, brownish, brown, natural, gold, saddle, ecru, cream, bronze, buff, biscuit, sand, suntan, olive, umber, lash, thrash, cane
Examples from the Web for tans
Contemporary Examples of tans
He tans, moisturizes, exfoliates, and buffs, and then gels his hair back, with a crisp white button-up.In ‘Mansome,’ Morgan Spurlock Takes On Modern Masculinity
April 27, 2012
Real-life Israelis, with tans and guns, Jewish tanks, Hebrew spoken in the streets.How I Lost My Zionism
March 15, 2012
Their "tans," Reed says, were "melting down their muscles and dripping on the floor."Spray-Tan Horror Stories
July 7, 2010
Sarah Palin tans, and she effectively coined the phrase Real America.My Great Fake Bake Experiment
January 6, 2009
Historical Examples of tans
It must be this climate that tans them to such a glorious shade, said Ray.Polly's Southern Cruise
Lillian Elizabeth Roy
The flowers are three inches long, yellow tinged with tans and reds.The Fantastic Clan
John James Thornber
A white powder is obtained which tans when its solution is acidified.Animal Proteins
Hugh Garner Bennett
Her face was a true oval, and her complexion of that kind which tans readily but does not freckle.The Keepers of the King's Peace
Browns and tans seemed best and safest in a little house like this, and I knew I shouldn't tire of them as of any other color!A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband
Louise Bennett Weaver
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.