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brown

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adjective \ˈbrau̇n\

Simple Definition of brown

  • : having a color like coffee or chocolate

  • : having dark or tanned skin

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of brown

  1. :  of the color brown; especially :  of dark or tanned complexion

Examples of brown in a sentence

  1. workers whose backs are brown from long hours in the sun



Origin and Etymology of brown

Middle English broun, from Old English brūn; akin to Old High German brūn brown, Greek phrynē toad


First Known Use: before 12th century


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brown

noun

Simple Definition of brown

  • : a color like the color of coffee or chocolate

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of brown

  1. 1 :  any of a group of colors between red and yellow in hue, of medium to low lightness, and of moderate to low saturation

  2. 2 :  a brown-skinned person

  3. 3 :  brown trout

brownish

play \ˈbrau̇-nish\ adjective

browny

play \-nē\ adjective

Examples of brown in a sentence

  1. The room was decorated in brown.

  2. a mix of browns and reds



13th Century

First Known Use of brown

13th century


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brown

verb

Simple Definition of brown

  • : to make (something) brown or to become brown especially by cooking or heating

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of brown

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to become brown

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to make brown

Examples of brown in a sentence

  1. Brown the chicken in a pan with butter.

  2. Her skin was browned by the sun.

  3. The chicken is browning in the oven.



14th Century

First Known Use of brown

14th century

Rhymes with brown


Brown

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biographical name \ˈbrau̇n\

Definition of Brown

  1. Charles Brockden 1771–1810 Am. nov.




Brown

biographical name

Definition of Brown

  1. Ford Mad*ox play \ˈma-dəks\ 1821–1893 Eng. painter




Brown

biographical name

Definition of Brown

  1. George 1818–1880 Canad. (Scot.-born) journalist & polit.




Brown

biographical name

Definition of Brown

  1. (James) Gordon 1951–     British prime min. (2007–10)




Brown

biographical name

Definition of Brown

  1. John 1800–1859 Old Brown of Osa*wat*o*mie play \ˌō-sə-ˈwä-tə-mē\ Am. abolitionist




Brown

biographical name

Definition of Brown

  1. Michael Stuart 1941–     Am. biochemist





BROWN Defined for Kids

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brown

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adjective \ˈbrau̇n\

Definition of brown for Students

  1. 1 :  of the color of coffee :  colored brown

  2. 2 :  having a dark or tanned complexion




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brown

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noun

Definition of brown for Students

  1. :  a color like that of coffee or chocolate

brownish

\ˈbrau̇-nish\ adjective



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brown

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verb

Definition of brown for Students

browned

browning

  1. :  to make or become brown <Her skin was browned by the sun.>




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