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Dictionary Definition

tan adj : of a light yellowish-brown color

Noun

1 a browning of the skin resulting from exposure to the rays of the sun [syn: suntan, sunburn, burn]
2 a light brown [syn: topaz]
3 ratio of the opposite to the adjacent side of a right-angled triangle [syn: tangent]

Verb

1 treat skins and hides with tannic acid so as to convert them into leather
2 get a tan, from wind or sun [syn: bronze] [also: tanning, tanned, tannest, tanner]

User Contributed Dictionary

Translingual

Symbol

tan

English

Pronunciation

(US) /tæn/

Noun

  1. a yellowish-brown colour.
    tan colour:   
  2. a darkening of the skin resulting from exposure to the sun.
    • She still has a tan from her vacation in Mexico.
  3. the bark of an oak or other tree from which tannic acid is obtained.
  4. , The second cardinal number two, formerly used in Celtic areas, especially Cumbria and parts of Yorkshire, for counting sheep, and stitches in knitting.

Derived terms

Translations

colour
darkening of skin
bark of tree
  • Finnish: parkki

Adjective

tan (: tanner, : tannest)
  1. (colour) of a yellowish-brown.
    • Mine is the white car parked next to the tan pickup truck.
  2. having dark skin as a result of exposure to the sun.
    • You’re looking very tan this week.

Translations

colour
dark skin

Verb

  1. to change to a tan colour due to exposure to the sun.
    • No matter how long I stay out in the sun, I never tan — though I do burn.
  2. to change an animal hide into leather by soaking it in tannic acid.

Translations

change colour
leather-making
  • Dutch: looien
  • Finnish: parkita
  • French: tanner
  • German: gerben, walken
  • Korean: 무두질하다 (mudujil-hada)
  • Spanish: curtir
  • Swedish: garva

Related terms

See also

Hungarian

Noun

tan

Korean

Adjective

tan (Revised Romanization of , the attributive form of 타다)

Mandarin

Pinyin syllable

tan
  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of four tones, tān, tán, tǎn, or tàn.

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Spanish

Etymology

From tanto

Adverb

tan
  1. so, as
    eres tan rico como te sientas (one is as rich as one feels)

Welsh

Preposition

tan

Usage notes

Triggers the soft mutation on any noun following.

Mutation

cy-mut-t an

Extensive Definition

Tan can mean several things:
"TAN" or "tan" may also be a three-letter abbreviation for:
tan in German: TAN
tan in Esperanto: TAN
tan in French: TAN
tan in Italian: TAN
tan in Dutch: Tan
tan in Japanese: タン

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

arrange, beige, bronze, brown, brownish, brownish-yellow, brunet, burn, chocolate, cinnamon, clear for action, clear the decks, cocoa, cocoa-brown, coffee, coffee-brown, cure, deploy, drab, dress, dress down, dun, dun-brown, dun-drab, ecru, embrown, fawn, fawn-colored, fix, fix up, flax, fuscous, get ready, give a dressing-down, grege, hazel, hide, infuscate, khaki, larrup, lather, leather, lick, lurid, make arrangements, make preparations, make ready, marshal, mobilize, nut-brown, olive-brown, olive-drab, paddle, plan, prearrange, prep, prepare, pretreat, process, provide, put in shape, ready, ready up, rust, seal, seal-brown, sepia, settle preliminaries, snuff-colored, sorrel, sunburn, suntan, taupe, tawny, toast, toast-brown, treat, trim, try out, umber, umber-colored, wallop, walnut, walnut-brown, welt, whale, yellowish-brown
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