• WordNet 3.6
    • adj tawny of a light brown to brownish orange color; the color of tanned leather
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Tawny Of a dull yellowish brown color, like things tanned, or persons who are sunburnt; as, tawny Moor or Spaniard; the tawny lion. "A leopard's tawny and spotted hide."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tawny Of a dark- or dull-yellowish color; tan-colored; fawn-colored; buff. In actual use the word notes many shades of color, from pale ocher to swarthy brown, and distinctively qualifies the names of various animals. The lion is of about an average tawny color.
    • n tawny Tawny color.
    • n tawny The bullfinch, Pyrrhula vulgaris: so called from the coloration of the female. See tonnihood, and cut under bullfinch.
    • n tawny In heraldry, same as tenné.
    • tawny To make tawny; tan.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Tawny taw′ni of the colour of things tanned, a yellowish brown
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. tanné, p. p. of tanner, to tan. See Tan (v. t.) & (n.) Cf. Tenné
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. tanné, pa.p. of tanner, to tan.


In literature:

The natives are tawny, but not disfigured in their lips and noses, like the Moors and Kafrs of Ethiopia.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume VII" by Robert Kerr
Beverly Clarenden and I went down to the river, whose tawny waters hardly hid the tawny sands beneath them.
"Vanguards of the Plains" by Margaret McCarter
Flowers tawny yellow, small for the size of the plant.
"Cactus Culture For Amateurs" by W. Watson
The people of this place are all of a tawny colour, of reasonable stature, swift of foot, and much given to pick and steal.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. VIII." by Robert Kerr
He had a slight tawny moustache, and a cast in one eye.
"The Lost Ambassador" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Yet stretch your tawny muzzle Upon these tawny sands!
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 101, August 29, 1891" by Various
By the ruddy glow of the fire she saw a man's broad-chested figure, she saw the gleam of tawny hair above a thick bull-neck.
"The Tidal Wave and Other Stories" by Ethel May Dell
I saw multitudes of old women throw down their wrinkles, and several young ones who stripped themselves of a tawny skin.
"The Young Gentleman and Lady's Monitor, and English Teacher's Assistant" by John Hamilton Moore
As he gazed from his hiding-place he saw the tawny waters of the bayou broken into a long series of advancing ripples.
"The Mississippi Bubble" by Emerson Hough
Most of the Egyptians are strong, of a tawny complexion, and of a gay disposition.
"The World's Fair" by Anonymous

In poetry:

"O hasten, 'tis our time,
Ere yet the red summer
Scorch our delicate prime,
Loved of bee, the tawny hummer.
"To Ellen, At The South" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Fair with its sloping vineyards
And tawny chestnut bloom,
The happy vale Ausonius sunk
For holy Treves made room.
"The Vision Of Echard" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Edward the king, the English King
Bestrides his tawni steed;
A silence deep his subjects keep
And Wales is mute indeed.
"The Bard Of Wales" by Janos Arany
And here my tawny Comrades laugh, and reach
Warm hands of mine-the dear brown hands I knew-
With glad, glad greetings in soft-voweled speech,
From hearts that have remembered and been true.
"At Anchor" by Ina Donna Coolbrith
I joyed to stand where the jeweled hand
Of the maiden-morning lies
On the tawny brow of the mountain-land.
Where the eagle shrieks and cries,
And holds his throne to himself alone
From the light of human eyes.
"What The Wind Said" by James Whitcomb Riley
The wind is our joyful comrade wherever our free feet wander,
Over the tawny wolds to the meres and meadows yonder;
The mild-eyed stars go with us, or the rain so swiftly flying,
Racing us over the wastes where the hemlocks and pines are sighing.
"The Rovers" by Lucy Maud Montgomery

In news:

There are many types of port including vintage, tawny, ruby and white.
If there's anything those taut and tawny Jersey Shore kids have taught us it's this: GTL.
Tawnie is one of nearly 18 million shopaholics in America.
Tawni O'Dell grew up in Indiana, Pa. After graduation from Northwestern University, she became a newspaper journalist, then a novelist.
Rescued baby tawny owls to be released.
Photos Rescued baby tawny owls to be released.
Pawnee Tawny port-style wine from Madera County.
Tawny Ellis Shines on Her Latest Release, 'I To You'.
Tawny Hammond was president of the Springfield Civic Association in Fairfax County for ten years.
Photo by John Foy Taylor's Quinta Vargellas A few years ago, I participated in a tasting of tawny port wines and chocolates.
L'Autre Mortimer: It's Standing-Room Only at Surf Lodge as Tawny Minnie Fetes Preppy Designs.
Tawny Kitaen has been charged with felony drug possession after sheriff's deputies said they found cocaine in her apartment.
FOX PHOTO Fox's post-Katrina cop drama 'K-Ville' stars, clockwise from left, John Carroll Lynch, Blake Shields, Anthony Anderson, Tawny Cypress and Cole Hauser.
Andrew Garfield, Jennifer Garner and Marcia Gay Harden are on board to star in an adaptation of Tawni O'Dell's bestselling debut novel, "Back Roads," reported Variety.
"There is a wonderful variety of tools out there that can help people to track calories or to track exercise," said Tawny Espinoza, health coach at Community Hospital.