• A yellowish-brown colour.
  • A darkening of the skin resulting from exposure to sunlight or similar light sources.
  • The bark of an oak or other tree from which tannic acid is obtained.
  • An Armenian drink made of yoghurt and water similar to airan and doogh
  • Synonym of picul, particularly in Cantonese contexts.
  • A twig or small switch.


  • Of a yellowish-brown.
  • Having dark skin as a result of exposure to the sun.



  • Borrowed from French tan ("tanbark"), from Gaulish tanno- ("green oak") – compare Breton tann ("red oak"), Old Cornish tannen –, from Proto-Celtic *tannos ("green oak"), of uncertain origin, but perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *dʰonu ("fir"). Per this hypothesis, related to Hittite, Latin femur, genitive feminis, German Tann ("woods"), Tanne, Albanian thanë ("cranberry bush"), Ancient Greek θάμνος ("thicket"), Avestan 𐬚𐬀𐬥𐬎𐬎𐬀𐬭𐬆, Sanskrit धनु.
  • As a verb, from Middle English tannen, from late Old English tannian ("to tan a hide"), from Latin tannare.
  • From a Brythonic language; influenced in form by yan in the same series.
  • Borrowed from Armenian թան.
  • From the Cantonese pronunciation of 擔.
  • From Middle English *tan, from Old English tān, from Proto-West Germanic *tain, from Proto-Germanic *tainaz.

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