• Having dark skin as a result of exposure to the sun.

    "You’re looking very tan this week."

  • Of a yellowish-brown.

    "Mine is the white car parked next to the tan pickup truck."


  • The bark of an oak or other tree from which tannic acid is obtained.
  • (dialectal) A twig or small switch.
  • A darkening of the skin resulting from exposure to sunlight or similar light sources.

    "She still has a tan from her vacation in Mexico."

  • picul (Asian unit of weight)
  • A yellowish-brown colour.

    "tan colour: "

  • ​An Armenian drink made of yoghurt and water similar to airan and doogh


  • (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.


  • (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."

  • (transitive, informal) To spank or beat.
  • (transitive) To change an animal hide into leather by soaking it in tannic acid. To work as a tanner.

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