Definitions

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

  • n. One that tans hides.
  • n. Chiefly British A sixpenny coin formerly used in Britain; a sixpence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person whose occupation is to tan hides, or convert them into leather by the use of tan.
  • n. A coin, the sixpenny bit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One whose occupation is to tan hides, or convert them into leather by the use of tan.
  • n. A sixpence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One whose occupation it is to tan hides, or to convert them into leather by tanning.
  • n. A sixpence.

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

  • n. a craftsman who tans skins and hides
  • n. a small coin of the United Kingdom worth six pennies; not minted since 1970

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably from the name of the coin designer, John Sigismund Tanner (died 1775) (Wiktionary)

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  • "State law allows us to keep red king crabs six and a half inches or greater ... and tanner/baradai of five and a half inches or greater."
    —Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand with Malcolm MacPherson, Time Bandit: Two Brothers, the Bering Sea, and One of the World's Deadliest Jobs, 164

    June 22, 2008