Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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Probably from the name of the coin designer, John Sigismund Tanner (died 1775)

Examples

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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