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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a tanned complexion (=brown because of the sun)
▪ He looked distinguished with his greying hair and tanned complexion.
spray tan
▪ His skin was slightly tanned.
have/tan sb's hide
▪ I don't tan well - I just get red.
▪ Chrome leather: leather which is tanned solely with chromium salts.
▪ In the four days he seemed to have filled out and tanned.
▪ We cut the fur, tan the hides, and sew them.
▪ Come holidays abroad it became the thing to sport a deep tan.
▪ The contrast of his short-cropped white hair against his deep clayey tan was his only distinguishing feature.
▪ Respect your skin Don't expect a deep tan if your skin is naturally fair.
▪ He had acquired a deep mahogany tan which accentuated his deep-blue eyes.
▪ In spite of being so fair, his skin had taken on quite a deep tan in the few days they had been there.
▪ Was that how he had developed the deep tan that made him look somehow so vital?
▪ The pool area is an ideal spot for soaking up that golden tan and is only a short step to the beach.
▪ Far from cultivating a golden tan, I had difficulty in keeping the rust at bay during a particularly wet summer.
▪ Lais had a golden tan and her hair was bleached even blonder by the sun.
▪ Kiku's st'lyan was a light golden tan and it had a pure white mane and tail.
▪ The Gel and Moisturizer prolong and accentuate a golden tan, highlighting natural radiance.
▪ Since sunscreens offer relative, not absolute protection, most of us can get a tan using high-protection filters.
▪ I had started to see the countries we visited as more than just exotic places to get a tan.
▪ Monica got a nice tan during her trip.
▪ Come holidays abroad it became the thing to sport a deep tan.
▪ Fact: A tan indicates that your skin has already been damaged.
▪ Her skin had that smooth all-the-year-round dark tan you sometimes run into in California.
▪ Sources close to the team said tans will be banned next season.
▪ The best and longest-lasting tans are acquired slowly - quick tans are usually fast burns and peel off in a trice.
▪ You can afford to have your teeth done, a false tan, your hair done at Vidal Sassoon.
▪ Shannon's face is really tan.
▪ An extremely battered-looking tan leather flying-jacket completed the outfit.
▪ As she pulled on a tan leather blouson, she eyed me warily, and I returned the compliment.
▪ But the unit will retain a distinctive identity by having tan berets.
▪ It started off with a tan scrim in front.
▪ Most waters have dark bottoms, and a brown or tan line is most suitable.
▪ No beard, no tan car.
▪ She dressed modestly in a blue pantsuit covered by a tan all-weather coat.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Picul \Pic"ul\, n. [Jav. & Malay pikul, fr. pikul to carry on the back, to carry a burden; n., a man's burden.] A commercial weight varying in different countries and for different commodities. In Borneo it is 1355/8 lbs.; in China and Sumatra, 1331/2 lbs.; in Japan, 1331/3 lbs.; but sometimes 130 lbs., etc. Called also, by the Chinese, tan.


colorful \colorful\ adj.

  1. having striking color. Opposite of colorless.

    Note: [Narrower terms: changeable, chatoyant, iridescent, shot; deep, rich; flaming; fluorescent, glowing; prismatic; psychedelic; red, ruddy, flushed, empurpled]

    Syn: colourful.

  2. striking in variety and interest. Opposite of colorless or dull. [Narrower terms: brave, fine, gay, glorious; flamboyant, resplendent, unrestrained; flashy, gaudy, jazzy, showy, snazzy, sporty; picturesque]

  3. having color or a certain color; not black, white or grey; as, colored crepe paper. Opposite of colorless and monochrome.

    Note: [Narrower terms: tinted; touched, tinged; amber, brownish-yellow, yellow-brown; amethyst; auburn, reddish-brown; aureate, gilded, gilt, gold, golden; azure, cerulean, sky-blue, bright blue; bicolor, bicolour, bicolored, bicoloured, bichrome; blue, bluish, light-blue, dark-blue; blushful, blush-colored, rosy; bottle-green; bronze, bronzy; brown, brownish, dark-brown; buff; canary, canary-yellow; caramel, caramel brown; carnation; chartreuse; chestnut; dun; earth-colored, earthlike; fuscous; green, greenish, light-green, dark-green; jade, jade-green; khaki; lavender, lilac; mauve; moss green, mosstone; motley, multicolor, culticolour, multicolored, multicoloured, painted, particolored, particoloured, piebald, pied, varicolored, varicoloured; mousy, mouse-colored; ocher, ochre; olive-brown; olive-drab; olive; orange, orangish; peacock-blue; pink, pinkish; purple, violet, purplish; red, blood-red, carmine, cerise, cherry, cherry-red, crimson, ruby, ruby-red, scarlet; red, reddish; rose, roseate; rose-red; rust, rusty, rust-colored; snuff, snuff-brown, snuff-color, snuff-colour, snuff-colored, snuff-coloured, mummy-brown, chukker-brown; sorrel, brownish-orange; stone, stone-gray; straw-color, straw-colored, straw-coloured; tan; tangerine; tawny; ultramarine; umber; vermilion, vermillion, cinibar, Chinese-red; yellow, yellowish; yellow-green; avocado; bay; beige; blae bluish-black or gray-blue); coral; creamy; cress green, cresson, watercress; hazel; honey, honey-colored; hued(postnominal); magenta; maroon; pea-green; russet; sage, sage-green; sea-green] [Also See: chromatic, colored, dark, light.]

    Syn: colored, coloured, in color(predicate).

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"bronze color imparted to skin by exposure to sun," 1749, see tan (v.). Earlier as "substance made of crushed bark used in making leather" (c.1600). As a simple name for a brownish color, in any context, it is recorded from 1888. The adjective meaning "of the color of tanned leather" is recorded from 1660s. Tan-line attested from 1979.


late Old English tannian "to convert hide into leather" (by steeping it in tannin), from Medieval Latin tannare "tan, dye a tawny color" (c.900), from tannum "crushed oak bark," used in tanning leather, probably from a Celtic source (such as Breton tann "oak tree"). The meaning "make brown by exposure to the sun" (as tanning does to hides) first recorded 1520s; intransitive sense also from 1520s. Of persons, not considered an attractive feature until 20c.; in Shakespeare, "to deprive of the freshness and beauty of youth" (Sonnet CXV). As an adjective from 1620s. To tan (someone's) hide in the figurative sense is from 1660s. Related: Tanned; tanning. German Tanne "fir tree" (as in Tannenbaum) might be a transferred meaning from the same Celtic source.


Etymology 1

  1. 1 Of a yellowish-brown. 2 Having dark skin as a result of exposure to the sun. n. 1 A yellowish-brown color. 2 A darkening of the skin resulting from exposure to sunlight or similar light sources. 3 The bark of an oak or other tree from which tannic acid is obtained. v

  2. 1 (context intransitive English) To change to a tan colour due to exposure to the sun. 2 (context transitive English) To change an animal hide into leather by soaking it in tannic acid.See To work as a tanner. 3 (context transitive informal English) To spank or beat. Etymology 2

    num. (context dialect rare English) The second cardinal number two, formerly used in Celtic areas, especially Cumbria and parts of Yorkshire, for counting sheep, and stitches in knitting.See Etymology 3

    n. (senseid en Armenian drink)An Armenian drink made of yoghurt and water similar to airan and doogh Etymology 4

    n. picul (Asian unit of weight) Etymology 5

    n. (lb en dialectal) A twig or small switch.

  1. adj. of a light yellowish-brown color

  2. [also: tanning, tanned, tannest, tanner]

  1. n. 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]

  4. [also: tanning, tanned, tannest, tanner]

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

  2. get a tan, from wind or sun [syn: bronze]

  3. [also: tanning, tanned, tannest, tanner]


Tan or TAN may refer to:

Tan (color)

Tan is a pale tone of brown. The name is derived from tannum ( oak bark) 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. __TOC__

Tan (surname)

Tan, the pinyin romanization of 譚, is the 67th most common surname in China. The surname Chen ((陈/陳)) based on the various Min dialects is also Romanized as "Tan".

Tan (goat pattern)

Goats expressing the tan pattern have coats pigmented completely with phaeomelanin (tan/brown pigment). The allele which codes for this pattern is located at the agouti locus of the goat genome. It is completely dominant to all other alleles on this locus. There are multiple modifier genes which control how much tan pigment is actually expressed and so a tan patterned-goat can have a coat ranging from pure white to deep red.

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Tan (state)

Tan (; 1046–684 BCE) was an ancient state located in present-day Shandong Province, China. It is the first state reported to be "extinguished" during the Spring and Autumn period.

TAN (musician)

Tan Yang Peng, professionally known as TAN (born November 26, 1990) is a Malaysian pop singer and songwriter from Penang, Malaysia.

Usage examples of "tan".

Then Don Esteban took from his breast pocket a bundle of thongs tanned the color of acanthus wood, the fringes of which, painted red, were twisted into numerous knots.

Dincrist was the picture of a patrician-sportsman, even taller than Alacrity and very fit, white-haired and deeply tanned.

Then there was a small library of other books, including a medical lexicon published in London and an almanac beginning at the year 1731, the Holy Bible, ink, pens and writing paper, a box of watercolours and brushes, reams of fine-quality drawing paper, knitting needles and wool, a roll of soft tanned leather from which to make the uppers for footwear- the soles would be cut from buffalo rawhide.

The poster of the blond beauty hung on the wall at the foot of his bed, where he could gaze upon her night and day, her smile and her long tanned legs transporting him from his miserable duty in the altiplano, from the garrison in Azatlan.

I settled Victoria in the hollow of my shoulder and watched as Amrita walked to the edge of the pool and smoothed down her tan skirt.

They were not of Polynesian ancestry, but boasted skin tanned the color of light chocolate.

Van den Bos, tanned still from his damned winter sports, perform the classic aqualung tricks.

She hugged her knees and looked out over the expanse of sand that lapped against the yellow stone aqueduct like a tan and frozen sea.

The brown nipples, surrounded by warm tan areoles, were pebbled to hard nubs -- the kind a man would nuzzle and suck into his mouth.

In the morning Tanner and his colleagues argued about strain thresholds and engine capacities, drew up rough blueprints, and came up with lists of questions that they put to Aum, shyly, in the afternoon.

Bellis felt faintly dismayed by exhaustion when she sat with Tanner Sack and the other engineers in the afternoon, but Aum continued without apparent difficulty, shifting his attention from the conceptual problems and philosophy of the avancs to practical issues of bait, and control, and capture of something the size of an island.

Tanner said in the matter-of-fact tone with which men of his generation felt obliged to conceal their tenderest emotions, but in spite of the squint, those azurite eyes betrayed the drowning depth of his grief.

The sun in El Bahar had tanned him to the color of toast, and lightened his hair in streaks.

When ah finish ah clocks this spider in the bath so ah blasts the cunt wi baith taps, flushin the fucker away, before gaun in tae the bedroom next door.

A man in a tan shirt, trousers, hat, and red bandanna drove the team, a shotgun laid across his lap.