Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “tan”

tan

adjective, noun [U]  /tæn/ (-nn-) us  

tan adjective, noun [U] (COLOR)

(of) a light brown or yellow-brown color: a tan jacket

tan

noun [C usually sing]  /tæn/ (also suntan) us  

tan noun [C usually sing] (SKIN)

the darker skin that white people often get from being in the sun: Ann’s sundress shows off her tan.
tan
adjective  /tæn/ (-nn-) (also tanned) us  
a tanned face

tan

verb  /tæn/ (-nn-) us  

tan verb (CHANGE INTO LEATHER)

[T] to change an animal skin into leather by wetting it with special chemicals

tan verb (GET DARKER SKIN)

[I] to become darker from being in the sun: Judy tans easily.
(Definition of tan from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of tan?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More American English definitions for “tan”

Definitions of “tan” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

look on the bright side

to find good things in a bad situation

Word of the Day

The language of work

by Kate Woodford,
October 15, 2014
Most of us talk about our jobs. We tell our family and friends interesting or funny things that have happened in the workplace (=room where we do our job), we describe – and sometimes complain about – our bosses and colleagues and when we meet someone for the first time, we tell

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More