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Synonyms of tan in English:


  • 1 a tan waistcoat
    yellowish-brown, light brown, pale brown, beige, tawny
  • verb

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  • 1 use a sunscreen to help you tan
    become suntanned, get a suntan, brown, go/get/become brown, bronze
  • 2 informal I'll tan his hide See thrash (sense 1)
  • Reflections


    In Edward Albee's play The American Dream, there is a running gag about whether a hat is beige, wheat, or cream. Fine distinctions used to be made about gradations of racial makeup (quadroon, octoroon, etc.) and correlating skin tone (chocolate, coffee, yellow, mocha, olive), but in contemporary usage we seem to consider brown colors beneath precise description.
    Stephin Merritt
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