Meaning of “tan” in the English Dictionary

"tan" in British English

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tannoun [ C ]

uk /tæn/ us /tæn/ also suntan

B2 pleasantly brown skin caused by being in the hot sun:

a deep tan

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uk /tæn/ us /tæn/ -nn-

tan verb (COLOUR)

[ I or T ] to become brown, or to make someone's body or skin, etc. brown, from being in the sun:

Her skin tans very quickly in the summer.
I need to tan my legs before the holiday.
Tanned workmen were sitting around the dock.

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uk /tæn/ us /tæn/

(Definition of “tan” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tan" in American English

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tanadjective, noun [ U ]

us /tæn/

tan adjective, noun [ U ] (COLOR)

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

a tan jacket

tannoun [ C usually sing ]

us /tæn/ also suntan

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.
adjective us /tæn/ -nn- also tanned

a tanned face


us /tæn/ -nn-


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)

"TAN" in Business English

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uk us TAX

abbreviation for tax anticipation note

(Definition of “TAN” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)