• A person whose occupation is to tan hides, or convert them into leather by the use of tan.
  • A former British coin worth six old pence.
  • A type of commercially-fished crab, Chionoecetes bairdi (species) or Chionoecetes opilio (species).


  • Comparative form or more of tan


  • From Middle English tannere, from Old English tannere; and Old French tannour, equivalent to tan + -er.
  • Probably from the name of the coin designer, John Sigismund Tanner (died 1775)

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