What does tan mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tan, suntan, sunburn, burn(noun)

    a browning of the skin resulting from exposure to the rays of the sun

  2. tan, topaz(noun)

    a light brown the color of topaz

  3. tangent, tan(adj)

    ratio of the opposite to the adjacent side of a right-angled triangle

  4. tan(verb)

    of a light yellowish-brown color

  5. tan(verb)

    treat skins and hides with tannic acid so as to convert them into leather

  6. tan, bronze(verb)

    get a tan, from wind or sun


  1. Tan(ProperNoun)

    An English surname derived from the transliteration of various Asian surnames, particularly originating from China and Vietnam.

  2. Origin: tannen, from late tannian 'to tan a hide', from tanner, from tan. See above.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tan(noun)

    see Picul

  2. Tan(noun)

    the bark of the oak, and some other trees, bruised and broken by a mill, for tanning hides; -- so called both before and after it has been used. Called also tan bark

  3. Tan(noun)

    a yellowish-brown color, like that of tan

  4. Tan(noun)

    a brown color imparted to the skin by exposure to the sun; as, hands covered with tan

  5. Tan(adj)

    of the color of tan; yellowish-brown

  6. Tan(noun)

    to convert (the skin of an animal) into leather, as by usual process of steeping it in an infusion of oak or some other bark, whereby it is impregnated with tannin, or tannic acid (which exists in several species of bark), and is thus rendered firm, durable, and in some degree impervious to water

  7. Tan(noun)

    to make brown; to imbrown, as by exposure to the rays of the sun; as, to tan the skin

  8. Tan(verb)

    to get or become tanned


  1. Tan

    Tan is a pale tone of brown. The name is derived from tannum used in the tanning of leather. The first recorded use of tan as a color name in English was in the year 1590. Colors which are similar or may be considered synonymous to tan include: tawny, tenné, and fulvous.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tan

    tan, n. bark of the oak, &c., bruised and broken for tanning: a yellowish-brown colour.—v.t. to convert skins and hides into leather by steeping in vegetable solutions containing tannin: to make brown or tawny: to take the freshness from: (coll.) to beat.—v.i. to become tanned:—pr.p. tan′ning; pa.t. and pa.p. tanned.—n.pl. Tan′-balls, the spent bark of the tanner's yard pressed into lumps, which harden on drying, and serve for fuel.—n. Tan′-bed (hort.), a bark-bed.—adj. Tan′-col′oured, of the colour of tan.—ns. Tan′ling (Shak.), one tanned or scorched by the heat of the sun; Tan′-liq′uor, -ooze, an aqueous extract of tan-bark.—adj. Tan′nable.—ns. Tan′nage, act of tanning: browning from exposure to the sun: the act of steeping cast slabs of artificial marble in a solution of potash alum to harden it and make it insoluble; Tan′ner, one who tans; Tan′nery, a place for tanning; Tan′ning, the art of tanning or converting into leather; Tan′-pit, -vat, a vat in which hides are steeped in liquor with tan; Tan′-yard, a yard or enclosure where leather is tanned. [A.S. tannian; cf. Dut. tanen, or prob. O. Fr. tan—Bret. tann, an oak. If the latter, then Old High Ger. tanna (Ger. tanne), fir, oak, is borrowed.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. TAN

    [Usenet, particularly rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan] Abbrev. of ‘tangent’, as in “off on a tangent”, and synonym for OT. A number of hacker-humor synonyms are used for TAN in some newsgroups. Instances such as BEIGE, OFF-WHITE, BROWNISH-GRAY, and LIGHT BROWN have been observed. It is generally understood on newsgroups with this convention that any color descriptor is a TAN synonym if (a) used as the first word(s) of the topic of a Usenet post, (b) written in ALL CAPS, and (c) followed immediately by a colon. Usage: “OFF-WHITE: 2000 Presidential candidates” on an SF newsgroup.

Editors Contribution

  1. tan

    Of the skin to change to a shade of brown after being in the sun for a period of time.

    They loved the tan they got on holiday after being in the sun.

  2. tan

    To use a skincare product to create a brown color tone on your skin.

    There are many skincare products you can buy to give a brown color tone to your skin, some people love the look it gives their face or body.

Anagrams for tan »

  1. ANT, Ant, an't, ant, NAT, Nat, Nat., nat, NTA


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tan in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tan in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Pablo Neruda:

    Es tan corto el amor, y tan largo el olvido.

  2. Pablo Neruda:

    Es tan corto el amor, y tan largo el olvido.
    (Love is so short, and forgetting is so long.)

  3. State John Kerry on Friday:

    In our conversation today with President Truong Tan Sang, President Truong Tan Sang couldn't have been more clear about how important it is( to Vietnam's leaders) to respect the rights of their people.

  4. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak:

    The decision to replace Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was very difficult, but leadership is about doing what you think is right, i welcome vigorous debate, and accept and tolerate criticism or even dissent. However, this process should take place in cabinet as part of the decision-making process.

  5. Charles Tan:

    In the past few weeks, we have seen about three or four requests for proposals from large investors in Europe, particularly from France and Germany, we haven't seen much European pension fund interest in Charles Tan high-quality corporate bonds, basically since the crisis. That's why it is so unusual to see this many RFPs come in just a few weeks.

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Translations for tan

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • قَمْحِيُّ اللَّوْن, حِنْطِيّArabic
  • opálení, vydělávat, zhnědnout, vyčinit, vydělat, opálit se, činitCzech
  • brun, solbrændt, tanDanish
  • gerben, braun, Sonnenbräune, walken, sonnengebräunt, loh, hellbraun, lohfarben, BräuneGerman
  • μαυρίζωGreek
  • brunigiEsperanto
  • tostado, curtir, broncearse, bronceado, bronceSpanish
  • دباغی, برنزه, خرمائی روشن, قهوهای مایل به زردPersian
  • parkita, parkki, kellanruskea, ruskettunut, ruskettua, rusketusFinnish
  • bronzé, tanner, hâlé, bronzage, bronzerFrench
  • cser, lebarnulás, lebarnulHungarian
  • արեւայրուք, թանArmenian
  • kremIndonesian
  • tanagar, tano, bronzizar, bruneskarIdo
  • abbronzatura, abbronzarsi, corteccia, conciareItalian
  • שיזוףHebrew
  • 日に焼けるJapanese
  • 탄, 그을다, 갈색, 타다Korean
  • tanLatin
  • gierwenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • įdegti, gelsvai rudaLithuanian
  • leerlooien, gebruinde kleur, gebruinde, gebruind, looien, bruinenDutch
  • brune, soleNorwegian
  • opaleniznaPolish
  • bronzeado, pardo, bronzear, curtirPortuguese
  • cafeniu, tăbăci, bronza, bronzare, bronz, bronzat, argăsiRomanian
  • загорелый, загар, тан, загорать, загоретьRussian
  • putSerbo-Croatian
  • solbränna, sola, solbränd, garvaSwedish
  • taba rengi, yanmak, bronzlaşmak, bronzTurkish
  • смага, тан, загарUkrainian
  • 黄褐色Chinese

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