tawny "tan-colored," late 14c., from Anglo-Fr. tauné "associated with the brownish-yellow of tanned leather," from O.Fr. tané (12c.), pp. of taner "to tan hides," from M.L. tannare (see TAN (Cf. tan)).

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  • Tawny — refers to a pale orange brown colour. It is used in the names of organisms with such colouring. It is also a given or assumed name for people, mostly women. In heraldry, it is often called tenné.Birds* Tawny Antpitta, Grallaria quitensis * Tawny… …   Wikipedia

  • Tawny — Taw ny, a. [Compar. {Tawnier}; superl. {Tawniest}.] [F. tann[ e], p. p. of tanner to tan. See {Tan}, v. t. & n. Cf. {Tenn[ e]}.] Of a dull yellowish brown color, like things tanned, or persons who are sunburnt; as, tawny Moor or Spaniard; the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tawny — [tô′nē] adj. tawnier, tawniest [ME tauny < OFr tanné, pp. of tanner, to TAN1] brownish yellow; tan n. tawny color SYN. DUSKY tawniness n …   English World dictionary

  • Tawny — f English: from the vocabulary word descriptive of hair colour (Anglo Norman tauné, Old French tané tanned). This is a modern name created on the lines of examples such as GINGER (SEE Ginger) and SANDY (SEE Sandy). Variant: Tawney …   First names dictionary

  • Tawny —   [ tɔːnɪ; englisch »gelbbraun«], Farb und damit Altersstufe des Portweins …   Universal-Lexikon

  • tawny — ► ADJECTIVE (tawnier, tawniest) ▪ of an orange brown or yellowish brown colour. DERIVATIVES tawniness noun. ORIGIN Old French tane, from tan tanbark ; related to TAN(Cf. ↑tan) …   English terms dictionary

  • Tawny — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Tawny, terme anglais signifiant « de couleur fauve », est un prénom féminin anglo saxon. Œnologie Porto Tawny est une appellation de vins de… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • tawny — [[t]tɔ͟ːni[/t]] COLOUR Tawny hair, fur, or skin is a pale brown colour. She had tawny hair. ...a large, tawny dog …   English dictionary

  • tawny — I. adjective (tawnier; est) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French tané, tauné, literally, tanned, from past participle of tanner to tan Date: 14th century 1. of the color tawny 2. of a warm sandy color like that of well tanned skin < the… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tawny — UK [ˈtɔːnɪ] / US [ˈtɔnɪ] adjective Word forms tawny : adjective tawny comparative tawnier superlative tawniest between yellow and brown in colour …   English dictionary

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