Definition of tan noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//tæn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tæn//
    The sun and the moon, Skin
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  1. 1 [uncountable] a yellowish-brown colour
  2. 2(also suntan) [countable] the brown colour that somebody with pale skin goes when they have been in the sun to get a tan My tan’s fading already. I want to top up my tan on the sunbed at the gym. Show off your tan in this little white top. See related entries: The sun and the moon, Skin
  3. Word Originnoun late Old English tannian ‘convert into leather’, probably from medieval Latin tannare, perhaps of Celtic origin; reinforced in Middle English by Old French tanner.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tan