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[rohn] /roʊn/
(chiefly of horses) of the color sorrel, chestnut, or bay, sprinkled with gray or white.
prepared from leather of this color.
a horse or other animal with a roan coat.
a roan color.
a soft, flexible sheepskin leather, used in bookbinding, often made to imitate morocco.
Origin of roan
1520-30; < Middle French < Old Spanish roano < Germanic; compare Gothic rauths red Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • But it was black Jim, riding on roan Sultan, out with the searchers, who saw and understood.

    The Power and the Glory Grace MacGowan Cooke
  • Have them saddle the roan for me, and they may take the chestnut pair and lead Firefly.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • The roan mare was young and spirited, but not vicious, and the boy had no trouble in controlling her.

  • There's a big five-year-old roan around here that will be safe as a church for you.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • Then when you speak of the roan, they must know that you can only mean the roan mare.

    The Telegraph Messenger Boy Edward S. Ellis
  • He shall have the roan that hoisted you out of the saddle with his hind quarters.

    That Boy Of Norcott's Charles James Lever
  • He was gentle with her, and showed himself to be an expert driver of the roan colts.

    Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp Annie Roe Carr
  • He untied and mounted the roan and circled the vicinity cautiously.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • And, Felipe, go find Cosme and tell him to saddle the roan pony to go to the store at once.

    The Purple Land W. H. Hudson
  • Bee struck spur into the roan and galloped across the plateau.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for roan


(of a horse) having a bay (red roan), chestnut (strawberry roan), or black (blue roan) coat sprinkled with white hairs
a horse having such a coat
a soft unsplit sheepskin leather with a close tough grain, used in bookbinding, etc
Word Origin
C16: from Old French, from Spanish roano, probably from Gothic rauths red
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Word Origin and History for roan

1520s, from Middle French roan "reddish brown," perhaps from Spanish roano, from Old Spanish raudano, probably from a Germanic source (cf. Gothic raudan, accusative of rauðs "red"). Chiefly of horses.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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