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suntan

[suhn-tan] /ˈsʌnˌtæn/
noun
1.
a browning or a brown color of the skin resulting from exposure to sunlight or a sunlamp; tan.
2.
Also called mayfair tan, merida. a light to medium yellow-brown.
3.
Also called pastel orange. a medium orange color.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), suntanned, suntanning.
4.
tan1 (defs 2, 4).
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; sun + tan1
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British Dictionary definitions for sun tanning

suntan

/ˈsʌnˌtæn/
noun
1.
  1. a brownish colouring of the skin caused by the formation of the pigment melanin within the skin on exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun or a sunlamp Often shortened to tan
  2. (as modifier): suntan oil
Derived Forms
suntanned, adjective
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Word Origin and History for sun tanning

suntan

v.

also sun-tan, 1821, from sun (n.) + tan (v.). Related: Suntanned; suntanning. As a noun from 1904.

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