Definition of suntan in English:


Line breaks: sun¦tan
Pronunciation: /ˈsʌntan


  • A golden-brown colouring of the skin caused by exposure to the sun: he had acquired quite a suntan
    More example sentences
    • Biologically, suntans - and dark-pigmented skin in general - tell another, more objective story: that human beings have an ambivalent evolutionary relationship with the sun.
    • Sunburns and suntans are signs that your skin has been damaged.
    • You can always tell you're in a football environment because all the women have very long, very straight blonde hair and impossible suntans while the men are all jowly and laugh too loudly.


[with object] (usually as adjective suntanned) Back to top  
  • Expose to the sun in order to achieve a tan: a suntanned face
    More example sentences
    • The hand looked as though it had once been suntanned, but after years of confinement, had paled.
    • The artichoke was plump and juicy, served with bright red tomatoes that looked more suntanned than sun-dried.
    • I arrived at the audition looking healthy and suntanned and was sent to put on a wig and uniform.

More definitions of suntan

Definition of suntan in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day skosh
Pronunciation: skəʊʃ
a small amount; a little