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Date: 900-1000
Language: Old French
Origin: tanner, from Medieval Latin tannare, from tanum; TAN2


1 verb
Related topics: Human, Material, Textiles
tan1 past tense and past participle tanned, present participle tanning
1 [intransitive and transitive]HBH if you tan, or if the sun tans you, your skin becomes darker because you spend time in the sun:
She has a pale skin which doesn't tan easily.
2 [transitive]TIM to make animal skin into leather by treating it with tannin (=a kind of acid)

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