Tan is a light brown color you might also call "beige." If you want to brighten up your bedroom, you can paint your boring tan walls with green, yellow, and hot pink stripes.

Some people who spend a lot of time outside in the sun end up with a tan, a darker skin tone than they usually have. The verb tan means to deliberately soak up the sun in the hopes of getting a tan. You can also use tan as a verb to describe the process of making leather from animal skins: "Then I'll tan the deer hide by soaking it in this solution."

Definitions of tan
  1. noun
    a light brown the color of topaz
    synonyms: topaz
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    type of:
    light brown
    a brown that is light but unsaturated
  2. noun
    a browning of the skin resulting from exposure to the rays of the sun
    synonyms: burn, sunburn, suntan
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    type of:
    unusual darkening of the skin
  3. adjective
    of a light yellowish-brown color
    being or having or characterized by hue
  4. verb
    get a tan, from wind or sun
    synonyms: bronze
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    get a tan from being exposed to the sun
    type of:
    color, colour, discolor, discolour
    change color, often in an undesired manner
  5. verb
    treat skins and hides with tannic acid so as to convert them into leather
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    tan (a skin) with bark tannins
    type of:
    change the nature, purpose, or function of something
  6. noun
    ratio of the opposite to the adjacent side of a right-angled triangle
    synonyms: tangent
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    type of:
    circular function, trigonometric function
    function of an angle expressed as a ratio of the length of the sides of right-angled triangle containing the angle
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