- 1 [mass noun] A yellowish-brown colour: [as modifier]: she dressed in tan cordsMore example sentences
- The puppies are both crossbred males, one is black and white and smooth-coated and the other is nearly all black with some tan colouring.
- They are usually brown, but can vary in colour from light tan to black.
- She was dressed in tan fishing overalls with a fishing hat, bulky black boots, and a pink T-shirt underneath.
- 2A golden-brown shade of skin developed by pale-skinned people after exposure to the sun: Jenna managed to get an even golden tanMore example sentences
- If you want the golden glow of a tan without exposure to damaging UV light, consider using sunless tanning products or bronzers.
- Develop golden tans and honour requests for autographs.
- Flawless skin and a radiant tan are key to complementing the clothing trends for spring and summer 2002.
- 3 (also tanbark) [mass noun] Bark of oak or other trees, bruised and used as a source of tannin for converting hides into leather.More example sentences
- Back in America, Quercus prinus was better known as mountain or rock oak, after its preferred habitat; tanbark oak after its preferred use; and nowadays, chestnut oak after the shape of its leaves.
- It sniffed at me calmly, gave a canine-style shrug, and disappeared behind tanbark oaks.
- Should tan bark be laid where leaves fall?
- 3.1 (also spent tan) Tan from which the tannin has been extracted, used for covering the ground for walking, riding, children’s play, etc., and in gardening.More example sentences
- He held his breath as he positioned himself meticulously in the tanbark, shoelaces of his sneakers quivering.
- She had stayed away from the sandpit, and the tanbark, and all the play equipment.
- I grinned broadly and stepped off the footpath, slowly making my way across the grass, stepping into the large wooden-plank-outlined square of tanbark, and heading straight for the swings.
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- 1 (usually as adjective tanned) (Of the sun) cause (a pale-skinned person) to become brown or browner: he looked tanned and fitMore example sentences
- It was a Japanese-American tanned girl with brown eyes, a red spaghetti strap dress with a yellow star and a wand.
- A few minutes later the door opened and a small, pretty tanned girl with straight brown hair walked in.
- The chiseled features had always been tanned deeply by the sun.
- 1.1 [no object] (Of a pale-skinned person) become brown or browner after exposure to the sun: you’ll tan very quickly in the pure airMore example sentences
- He had pale skin, but it was March, and even then I understood that people tanned in summer and lost color in winter.
- In case you are thinking why there is a line above the gstring tanline, I was tanning with a rather high-waist normal bikini bottom at first.
- Whether you're tanning on the beach or staying cool at the mall, these glosses will be perfect for subtle shine or a high powered sheen.
- 2Convert (animal skin) into leather by soaking in a liquid containing tannic acid, or by the use of other chemicals: they skin dead animals and tan hidesMore example sentences
- They also came from the odiferous chemicals used to tan animal hides into leather.
- On the second night, after a long day spent scraping and stretching and tanning a deer skin, he asked me what I was hiding from.
- The next day he taught us how to tan the skin, and make weapons and tools from the bones.
- 3 • informal , • dated Beat (someone) repeatedly as a punishment: ‘If my boy Mickey touches a fishing net, I’ll tan his hide!’More example sentences
- Everyone in the village did, or taught them, or tanned their hides for stealing apples.
- Seriously...do you really think that your strength and your ability to tan the hide of a child is going to teach them respect?
- My father would have tanned my hide if I pulled a stunt like that.
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- (Of a pale-skinned person) having golden-brown skin after exposure to the sun: she looks tall, tan, and healthyMore example sentences
- They were walking home from school, the tan girl on the left and the darker one on the right.
- She turned and exhaled gratefully as the tan boy with the piercing eyes and spiky hair, stood with his arms crossed in a sarcastic manner behind her.
- She was a tan girl with sleek dark hair and almond shaped eyes.
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- She is applying some sort of tannish cream to her calf.
- Her skin is a sort of tannish color like toasted almonds, sort of.
- Now, with a tiny brush, he smoothed a tannish, powdery substance across his cheekbones.
late Old English tannian 'convert into leather', probably from medieval Latin tannare, perhaps of Celtic origin; reinforced in Middle English by Old French tanner. Early use of the noun (late Middle English) was in sense 3 of the noun.