Synonyms of tan in English:

tan

adjective

  • 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

Reflections

tan

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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