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Tan or TAN may refer to:

Common meanings[edit]


  • Tanning, the process of making leather from hides
  • Sun tanning, the darkening of skin in response to ultraviolet light
  • Sunless tanning, the darkening of skin without ultraviolet light



  • Tanfana, or Tan, ancient European goddess
  • Black and Tans, nickname for British special constables during the Irish War of Independence
  • Tan (surname) (譚), a Chinese surname
  • Chen (surname) (陳), a Chinese surname, pronounced "Tan" in Min Nan languages
  • Lao Zi, posthumous name "Tan" or "Dān" (聃), philosopher of ancient China
  • Tan (state), ancient Chinese kingdom situated in eastern Shandong Province
  • Leborgne, nickname Tan, a patient of Paul Broca, on whose autopsy he identified Broca's area
  • Tanzhou (historical prefecture), a prefecture in modern Hunan, China between the 6th and 14th centuries, also translated as Tan Prefecture


  • Tahn, a yoghurt-based drink from the Middle East
  • Tʻan (in Armenian թան), Armenian term for Ayran, cold beverage of yogurt mixed with cold water and salt