I. adjective Etymology: Middle French, from Old Spanish roano Date: 1530 having the base color (as red, black, or brown) muted and lightened by admixture of white hairs <
a roan horse
a roan calf
II. noun Date: 1580 1. an animal (as a horse) with a roan coat — usually used of a red roan when unqualified 2. the color of a roan horse — used especially when the base color is red III. noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1818 sheepskin tanned with sumac and colored and finished to imitate morocco

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  • Roan — (r[=o]n), a. [F. rouan; cf. Sp. roano, ruano, It. rovano, roano.] 1. Having a bay, chestnut, brown, or black color, with gray or white thickly interspersed; said of a horse. [1913 Webster] Give my roan a drench. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Made of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • roan — roan1 [rōn] adj. [OFr < OSp roano < L ravidus, grayish < ravus, grayish yellow, tawny] of a solid color, as reddish brown, brown, or black, with a thick sprinkling of white hairs: said chiefly of horses n. 1. a roan color 2. a roan horse …   English World dictionary

  • Roan —    ROAN, an island, in the parish of Tongue, county of Sutherland; containing 42 inhabitants.    See Ealan Na Roan, and Tongue …   A Topographical dictionary of Scotland

  • roan — [rəun US roun] n [Date: 1500 1600; : Old French; Origin: Old Spanish roano] a horse with some white hairs, giving it a light colour >roan adj …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • roan — 1520s, from M.Fr. roan reddish brown, perhaps from Sp. roano, from O.Sp. raudano, probably from a Germanic source (Cf. Gothic raudan, accusative of rauðs red ) …   Etymology dictionary

  • roan — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of a horse or cow) having a bay, chestnut, or black coat thickly interspersed with hairs of another colour, typically white. ► NOUN ▪ a roan animal. ORIGIN Old French …   English terms dictionary

  • roan — [ roun ] noun count a horse that is black or brown with some white hairs …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • rōan — *rōan germ., stark. Verb: nhd. rudern; ne. row (Verb); Rekontruktionsbasis: an., ae., mnd., mhd.; Etymologie: s. ing. *erə (1), *rē …   Germanisches Wörterbuch

  • roan — ROAN, voyez Rouen …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

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