from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having a black coat with tannish markings. Used of a dog.
  • adj. Involving, recognizing, or admitting Black and white people equally: a black-and-tan organization.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cab of the coupé type, introduced in New York in 1883: so named from its colors.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having a pattern of black and tan


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  • In the African-American magazine The Messenger, coeditor Chandler Owen called the black-and-tan “America’s most democratic institution,” where “we see white and colored people mix freely.


  • Joplin's animal-control staff had found Bren, with her black-and-tan coat, buried in a pile of rubble in a residential area leveled by Sunday night's tornado.

    In Joplin, Bren the Lucky Pit Bull

  • Gordon Setter: This black-and-tan beauty looks a little zaftig to me—but it could just be a thick coat.

    Westminster Dog Show 2012—Best in Show—as it happened

  • Breda Muddler, which royal bitch, as every one who is familiar with the stud book knows, goes back as far as the almost mythical Spuds, with along the way no primrose dallyings with black-and-tan Killeney


  • A black-and-tan puppy burst into the clearing, wagging its tail so hard its entire body shook.

    Shaking the Family Tree

  • With their black-and-tan coats like molten liquorice splashed with cooking sherry, these are handsome and intelligent if occasionally headstrong dogs.

    Dog days for British breeds

  • There is one black-and-tan fellow whom I have dubbed Spike, for the interesting way his “bangs” stand straight up.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: What I Learned from the Cat

  • Dylan, a black-and-tan German shepherd, and Patsy, a dainty flat-coat retriever.

    Roadside Crosses

  • A handsome black-and-tan German shepherd stood beside him.

    The Sky Inside

  • A gorgeous black-and-tan German shepherd frisked delightedly in the tall weeds, snapping at passing bees.

    The Sky Inside


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