au·burn | \ˈȯ-bərn \

Definition of auburn 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : of the color auburn

2 : of a reddish-brown color



Definition of auburn (Entry 2 of 3)

: a moderate brown


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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Her fresh face and sleek auburn hair have also graced fashion spreads in Women’s Wear Daily and Coveteur. Ilana Kaplan, New York Times, "Larsen Thompson, the Dancer From Sia’s ‘The Greatest’ Video, Wants to Be a Pop Star," 6 July 2018 Julian Borst flew down the home straight at the Husky Outdoor Track, auburn mane flopping in rhythm with his easy gait as the crowd cheered on this lanky athlete who was very clearly running away with the victory. Stefanie Loh, The Seattle Times, "As a new Special Olympics USA Games men’s 5,000m champ is crowned, a rivalry blooms," 2 July 2018 Similarly, at Dulceria Lupitas on 18th Street, there are no Donald Trump piñatas, but rather, auburn-haired piñatas in black suits with tiny pink hands and furious blue eyes. Christopher Borrelli,, "Trump piñatas a hit across cultures," 16 May 2018 Barrel-chested at 41, Kadyrov sports a flowing auburn beard together with a penchant for tracksuits and exotic pets. Washington Post, "Chechnya’s leader uses World Cup to extend his outreach to Middle East," 27 May 2018 Following suit, Missoni’s trademark textured knits covered Sara Grace Wallerstedt’s auburn lengths, while Victor Glemaud and Adam Lippes put their own spin on the trend with blue and bejeweled bandanas, respectively. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Jackie O’s Favorite Accessory Is the Beauty Move of the Summer," 7 June 2018 Last year, the Oscar winner swapped her blonde hair for an auburn dye job for her role in Ben Is Back, which also had people feeling nostalgic for the Pretty Woman days. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Julia Roberts Looks Almost Unrecognizable With Her New Brown Lob and Bangs," 6 June 2018 At the time of the crimes, the killer was described as about 5-foot-9 with blond or auburn hair. Alene Tchekmedyian,, "Los Angeles Times and other outlets sue for records in Golden State Killer case," 1 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 |,, "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,, "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 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


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1613, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for auburn


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

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English Language Learners Definition of auburn

: reddish brown


au·burn | \ˈȯ-bərn \

Kids Definition of auburn

: of a reddish brown color auburn hair

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