Definition of suntan in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsənˌtan/


A browning of 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)
Expose to the sun in order to achieve a brown color: 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.

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Syllabification: sun·tan

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