Fragment 490514

PREVIOUS

NEXT

like tawny,

Original French:  comme tannée,

Modern French:  comme tannée,


tannée

Tanné :m, ée: Tawnie; also, duskie, swart, sallow.

Randle Cotgrave [–1634?]
A Dictionarie of the French and English Tongue
London: Adam Islip, 1611
PBM

Tawny (color)

Tawny is a yellowish brown color. The word means “tan-colored,” from Anglo-French tauné “associated with the brownish-yellow of tanned leather,” from Old French tané “to tan hides,” from Medieval Latin tannare from tannum “crushed oak bark,” used in tanning leather, probably from a Celtic source (e.g. Breton tann “oak tree”).


PREVIOUS

NEXT

Posted 18 January 2013. Modified 25 November 2014.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *