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tan is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of tan in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… be pale uh not nearly as tan as me so …”

meanings of tan


  1. The bark of an oak or other tree from which tannic acid is obtained.
  2. A twig or small switch.
  3. Initialism of total acid number, the measure of a lubricant's or crude oil's acidity.
  4. Synonym of picul, particularly in Cantonese contexts.
  5. A yellowish-brown colour.
  6. An Armenian drink made of yoghurt and water similar to airan and doogh.
  7. A darkening of the skin resulting from exposure to sunlight or similar light sources.
  8. Initialism of transaction authentication number, in electronic banking.


  1. To change to a tan colour due to exposure to the sun.
  2. To spank or beat.
  3. To change an animal hide into leather by soaking it in tannic acid. To work as a tanner.


  1. A Vietnamese surname​.
  2. A Chinese surname​.
  3. Alternative form of Dan.


  1. Of a yellowish-brown.
  2. Having dark skin as a result of exposure to the sun.


  1. The second cardinal number two, formerly used in Celtic areas, especially Cumbria and parts of Yorkshire, for counting sheep, and stitches in knitting.

tan frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word tan occurs in english on average 16.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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