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Oxford dictionary definition of the word tan:
1 [mass noun] a yellowish-brown colour:
she dressed in tan cords
2a golden-brown shade of skin developed by pale-skinned people after exposure to the sun:
Jenna managed to get an even golden tan
3 (also tanbark) [mass noun] bark of oak or other trees, bruised and used as a source of tannin for converting hides into leather.
(also spent tan) tan from which the tannin has been extracted, used for covering the ground for walking, riding, children’s play, etc., and in gardening.
verb (tans, tanning, tanned)
1 (usually as adjective tanned) (of the sun) cause (a pale-skinned person) to become brown or browner:
he looked tanned and fit
[no object] (of a pale-skinned person) become brown or browner after exposure to the sun:
you’ll tan very quickly in the pure air
2convert (animal skin) into leather by soaking in a liquid containing tannic acid, or by the use of other chemicals:
they skin dead animals and tan hides
3 informal, dated beat (someone) repeatedly as a punishment:
‘If my boy Mickey touches a fishing net, I’ll tan his hide!’
(of a pale-skinned person) having golden-brown skin after exposure to the sun:
she looks tall, tan, and healthy
late Old English tannian ‘convert into leather’, probably from medieval Latin tannare, perhaps of Celtic origin; reinforced in Middle English by Old French tanner. Early use of the noun (late Middle English) was in tan1 (sense 3 of the noun)