Denoting an animal, especially a horse or cow, having a coat of a main color thickly interspersed with hairs of another color, typically bay, chestnut, or black mixed with white.
- Gualtero rounded the corner leading the horses - his palomino stallion, Sullivan's buckskin mare, and a third horse, a roan mare with a creamy blond mane and tail.
- He reined his roan mare and fell behind his master.
- My mare now turned her head and nibbled at the neck of the roan horse Sidroc rode.
nounBack to top
An animal with a roan coat: the roan on the right is a stallion
More example sentences
- Chuckling at the raised eyebrow from the pretty girl sitting astride the chestnut roan, he replied to her unasked question.
- Sullivan took his buckskin mare's reins and ran a fond hand over the animal's forehead as he eyed the roan.
- In the last couple of days, has anyone come into town riding a roan with a Collins & Morrison saddle?
Mid 16th century: from Old French, of unknown origin.
Words that rhyme with roanalone, atone, Beaune, bemoan, blown, bone, Capone, clone, Cohn, Cologne, condone, cone, co-own, crone, drone, enthrone, flown, foreknown, foreshown, groan, grown, half-tone, home-grown, hone, Joan, known, leone, loan, lone, mephedrone, moan, Mon, mown, ochone, outflown, outgrown, own, phone, pone, prone, Rhône, rone, sewn, shown, Simone, Sloane, Soane, sone, sown, stone, strown, throne, thrown, tone, trombone, Tyrone, unbeknown, undersown, windblown, zone
Early 19th century: perhaps from Roan, the old name of the French town of Rouen.
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.