1A person who tans animal hides, especially to earn a living.
- The first exemption act allowed paper mill workers, shoemakers, textile workers, tanners, wagon makers, and others to remain at their work, provided the profits of factories that used exempted workers not exceed 75 percent.
- Here, the unrecorded deeds of long-dead city dwellers come to light; the brewers, tanners, cabinet makers, printers and bakers are all to be found in the records of the city's ancient parishes.
- Many societies in Chad traditionally have different low-prestige occupational castes, such as hunters, potters, tanners, and blacksmiths (haddad).
2A lotion or cream designed to promote the development of a suntan or produce a similar skin color artificially.
- Sunless tanners are lotions and creams you apply to create a nut-brown gloss nearly indistinguishable from the real thing.
- Completely harmless to the skin, sunless tanners contain dihydroxyacetone, a colorless sugar that stains the skin.
- Sunless tanners for the face's thin skin, for example, usually contain less DHA.
- Because everybody's been helping themselves to a tanner here and a fiver there, consequently there is not enough left in the kitty to pay out a pension for people like me who have spent all their life expecting one.
- We'll be the ones in the snug muttering about when we were lads kids had proper respect for their parents and you could get a yard of ale for tuppence and still have change from a tanner to see George Formby at the Odeon, etc, etc, etc.
- The vet charges a tanner a time to put them to sleep.
early 19th century: of unknown origin.