auburn

adjective
au·​burn | \ˈȯ-bərn \

Definition of auburn 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : of the color auburn

2 : of a reddish-brown color

auburn

noun

Definition of auburn (Entry 2 of 3)

: a moderate brown

Auburn

geographical name
Au·​burn | \ˈȯ-bərn \

Definition of Auburn (Entry 3 of 3)

1 city in eastern Alabama population 53,380

Note: Auburn University is located in Auburn, Alabama.

2 city on the Androscoggin River in southwestern Maine population 23,055

3 city in central New York population 27,687

4 city east-northeast of Tacoma in western Washington population 70,180

Examples of auburn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

And later this month in Suspiria, a remake of the 1977 classic, Dakota Johnson will add a cascade of Pre-Raphaelite auburn lengths into the mix, playing a young student at an equal parts prestigious and sinister dance company. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The 19 Most Beautiful Horror Movie Heroines—Just in Time for Halloween," 10 Oct. 2018 From tumbles of auburn waves to flaming rubicund curls to blown out brunette, the actress carries off each chameleonic moment with an ease that forces onlookers to question whether perhaps this is her natural color. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "This Rising Star Reveals a New Blonde Bombshell Hair Color at Louis Vuitton," 26 Oct. 2018 After a brief experiment with auburn, Jordyn went back to an almost blue-black shade earlier this year. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "15 Celebrities Who Prove a Dye Job Makes a Huge Difference," 18 Oct. 2018 The autumn season brings many changes, but none are more spectacular than this: Billions of leaves are turning from green to auburn and gold. Brian Resnick, Vox, "When and where fall foliage colors will peak, in one map," 13 Oct. 2018 Eugenie’s new hair was first spotted by Express UK, who noted that the princess seemed to have gotten a spray tan along with her new auburn dye job. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Princess Eugenie Dyed Her Hair Red for Her Wedding, and I'm Freaking Out," 11 Oct. 2018 The verdant, misty forest is broken only by a few stubby, brown rivers draining into the ocean and a narrow ribbon of auburn shoreline. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "As the SpaceX steamroller surges, European rocket industry vows to resist," 20 July 2018 Roxy Hart was a version of the auburn beauty who shot her secret boyfriend while her husband was at work. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Woman's Day, "The Real Story Behind the Musical 'Chicago'," 12 May 2017 Authorities believe the woman was white or Hispanic, early adult or middle-aged and had reddish-brown or auburn hair with 3 to 4 inches of brown roots. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Severed heads of auburn-haired women make Texas, Louisiana cases 'similar,' investigators say | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 27 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Brighter than her usual deep auburn, the Princess's new red hair color looks fresh and reminiscent of her mother Sarah's (Fergie's) signature hue. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie Tapped Salon Hairstylist Sonnie Jo for the Royal Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 He's added a five to his number in the transition from the Plains to the pros, going from No. 8 at Auburn to No. 85 in Kansas City. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, AL.com, "Check out the jersey numbers for Auburn's NFL rookies," 21 May 2017 Auburn got swept over the weekend by Alabama and dropped out of the top 10. Christopher Dabe, NOLA.com, "Where LSU baseball ranks nationally after series win against South Carolina," 8 May 2017 Instead, in the novel, her hair mellows to the coveted auburn, and Matthew, in a moment of tremendous fatherly kindness, gives her a dress with puffed sleeves. Willa Paskin, New York Times, "The Other Side of Anne of Green Gables," 27 Apr. 2017 Former Auburn football player Landon Rice has been found responsible for sexual assault from an incident in April 2016 by a Title IX investigation conducted by the university, according to a report from AL.com. Kevin Spain, USA TODAY, "Title IX investigation: Ex-Auburn player responsible for sexual assault," 3 May 2017

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First Known Use of auburn

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1613, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for auburn

Adjective

Middle English auborne blond, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin alburnus whitish, from Latin alburnum sapwood

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auburn

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of auburn

: reddish brown

auburn

adjective
au·​burn | \ˈȯ-bərn \

Kids Definition of auburn

: of a reddish brown color auburn hair

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