from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A light brown to brownish orange.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of a light brown to brownish orange colour
- n. A light brown to brownish orange colour
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of a dull yellowish brown color, like things tanned, or persons who are sunburnt.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of a dark- or dull-yellowish color; tan-colored; fawn-colored; buff. In actual use the word notes many shades of color, from pale ocher to swarthy brown, and distinctively qualifies the names of various animals. The lion is of about an average tawny color.
- n. Tawny color.
- n. The bullfinch, Pyrrhula vulgaris: so called from the coloration of the female. See tonnihood, and cut under bullfinch.
- n. In heraldry, same as tenné.
- To make tawny; tan.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of a light brown to brownish orange color; the color of tanned leather
Middle English, from Anglo-Norman taune, variant of Old French tane, from past participle of taner, to tan; see tan1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman tauné, from Old French tané, past participle of taner ("to tan"), from tan 'tanbark, tawny color', from Gaulish tanno 'holm oak' (compare Breton tann, Old Irish caerthann 'rowan'), from Indo-European *dhenh-; akin to German Tann 'woods', Tanne 'fir', Hittite tanau 'fir', Avestan thanwarə (g. thanwanō) 'bow', Sanskrit dhánus (g. dhánvanus) 'bow', Latin femur (g. feminis) 'thigh', possibly Greek thámnos 'thicket'. (Wiktionary)