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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Black′ and Tan′(n.)(pl.)Black and Tans.

  1. a member of an armed force sent by the British government to Ireland in 1920 to suppress revolutionary activity: so called from the color of their uniforms.

    Category: Government


  1. (of a dog) being of a black color with tan markings above the eyes and on the muzzle, chest, legs, feet, and breech.

    Category: Dogs, Cats, and Horses

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Black and Tan(adj)

    an English recruit (who wore a uniform that was black and tan) serving in the Irish constabulary to suppress the Sinn Fein rebellion of 1919 to 1921

  2. black-and-tan(adj)

    having a pattern of black and tan


  1. Black and Tan(Noun)

    A member of the RIC British irregular army group, operating against Irish republicans in the War of Independence 1920/21.

  2. Black and Tan(Noun)

    (Ireland) A drink combining stout and ale.

  3. black and tan(Noun)

    An alcoholic beverage made from a dark and a light malt, typically Guinness or Beamish stout (black) and Bass or Harp ale (tan). In the United Kingdom, the liquids are mixed together. In the U.S., the heavier liquid fills the bottom of the glass, and the other is poured over a spoon to avoid mixing.


  1. Black and Tan

    Black and Tan is a drink made from a blend of pale ale and a dark beer such as a stout or porter, most often Guinness. Sometimes a pale lager is used instead of ale; this is usually called a half and half. Contrary to common North American belief, however, Black and Tan as a mixture of two beers is not a term commonly used in Ireland due to the association with the Royal Irish Constabulary Reserve Force, nicknamed the Black and Tans.


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