Definitions for tantæn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tantæn(v.)tanned, tan•ning

  1. (v.t.)to convert (a hide) into leather, esp. by steeping in a bath prepared from tanbark.

    Category: Clothing

  2. to brown by exposure to ultraviolet rays, as of the sun.

    Category: Physiology

  3. to thrash; spank.

    Category: Informal

  4. (v.i.)to become tanned.

    Category: Physiology

  5. (n.)a brown color imparted to the skin by exposure to the sun or open air.

    Category: Physiology

  6. yellowish brown; light brown.

  7. Ref: tanbark .

  8. (adj.)yellowish brown; light brown.

  9. used in or relating to tanning.

    Category: Clothing

Idioms for tan:

  1. tan someone's hide,to beat someone soundly.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

Origin of tan:

bef. 1000; ME tannen, late OE *tannian (in ptp. getanned) < ML tannāre, der. of tannum oak bark, tanbark



  1. Category: Math

    Ref: tangent (def. 2). 5 2

Origin of tan:

by shortening


  1. Amy,born 1952, U.S. novelist.

    Category: Biography

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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. tan(noun)æn

    brown skin from the sun

    a girl with a tan

  2. tanæn

    a light brown color

  3. tan(verb)æn

    (of a person or their skin) to become darker in the sun

    Do you tan easily?

  4. tan(adjective)æn

    light brown in color

    a tan leather bag


  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.

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.

Anagrams of tan

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

Translations for tan

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to make an animal's skin into leather (by treating it with certain substances).

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