Definition of "tan" []

  • To convert (hide) into leather, as by treating with tannin. (verb-transitive)
  • To make brown by exposure to the sun. (verb-transitive)
  • Informal To thrash; beat. (verb-transitive)
  • To become brown or tawny from exposure to sun. (verb-intransitive)
  • A light or moderate yellowish brown to brownish orange. (noun)
  • The brown colour produced by the skin after intensive exposure to ultraviolet rays, esp those of the sun (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A light or moderate yellowish-brown colour (noun)
  • To go brown or cause to go brown after exposure to ultraviolet rays (verb)
  • To convert (a skin or hide) into leather by treating it with a tanning agent, such as vegetable tannins, chromium salts, fish oils, or formaldehyde (verb)
  • To beat or flog (verb)
  • Of the colour tan (adjective)
  • Used in or relating to tanning (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "tan" in a sentence
  • "NOTE: = theta,,,,,,, if tan = -5/12 is not the in th 2nd quadrant then show that [sin (360 -) +tan (90+"
  • "The term tan points shall include tan or red spots over each eye, inside the ears, on both cheeks, and at the anal vent area if displaying any black."
  • "Yeah, because getting a tan is the same thing as an ethnic background."