see also: Tan, TAN
Pronunciation Noun

tan (plural tans)

  1. A yellowish-brown colour.
  2. A darkening of the skin resulting from exposure to sunlight or similar light sources.
    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.
Translations Translations Translations
  • French: tan
  • Italian: corteccia
  • Spanish: corteza de roble; corteza tánica

tan (comparative tanner, superlative tannest)

  1. 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 Translations Verb

tan (tans, present participle tanning; past and past participle tanned)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) 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. (transitive) To change an animal hide into leather by soaking it in tannic acid. To work as a tanner.
  3. (transitive, informal) To spank or beat.
    • 1876, Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, ch. 3:
      "Well, go 'long and play; but mind you get back some time in a week, or I'll tan you."
Translations Translations Related terms

  1. (dialect, rare) The second cardinal number two, formerly used in Celtic areas, especially Cumbria and parts of Yorkshire, for counting sheep, and stitches in knitting.


  1. An Armenian drink made of yoghurt and water similar to airan and doogh
  • Russian: тан

tan (uncountable)

  1. Synonym of picul#English|picul, particularly in Cantonese contexts.

tan (plural tans)

  1. (dialectal) A twig or small switch.
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  1. (engineering) Initialism of total#English|total acid#English|acid number#English|number, the measure of a lubricant's or crude oil's acidity.
  2. (banking) Initialism of transaction#English|transaction authentication#English|authentication number#English|number, in electronic banking.

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