au·​burn | \ ˈȯ-bərn How to pronounce auburn (audio) \

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 How to pronounce Auburn (audio) \

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 Sevdaliza turned the camera on beautifully thick lashes and brows that popped against her auburn hair, keeping makeup minimal save for a rose matte lip. Michella Oré, Vogue, 15 Aug. 2021 Throw on a pair of fingerless gloves and an auburn wig to look just like the movie character. Larry Stansbury, Good Housekeeping, 5 Aug. 2021 This auburn-ish tone is like brown sugar, but for hair: a happy medium between dark and light with just a hint of rosy glow. Elizabeth Loga, Glamour, 28 July 2021 Ouisie’s version of this colorful Spanish delicacy comprises auburn rice studded with clams, prawns, chorizo, chicken and green peas. Joanna O'leary, Chron, 21 July 2021 In most of the photos, the Stranger Things actress flaunts her usual brunette strands, but in the final pic, however, there's a noticeable auburn tint to her very relatable messy bun. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, 30 June 2021 My suite was decorated with lustrous auburn cumaru, an indigenous wood, and coal-black volcanic stone extracted from the site itself. Michael Snyder, Travel + Leisure, 4 June 2021 When LaVar was finished a few hours later, the woman had an auburn, shoulder-length bob with sharp bangs. New York Times, 10 May 2021 Limp auburn hair, pale skin, which, com- bined with small, sharp dark eyes, gave her a look of feral alertness. Ew Staff,, 27 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His hair, which is naturally a dirty blond, had been colored a luscious auburn, and tumbled in waves around his shoulders. Piczo, The New Yorker, 20 Sep. 2021 On Sunday afternoon, the actress was spotted at an Atlanta Braves baseball game with husband Joe Jonas, but was fully incognito, her formerly-blonde hair seemingly a fiery orange auburn. Megan Decker,, 8 June 2021 Its color is somewhere between chestnut and auburn, and the frosty streaks in it give it a sizzling golden sheen. Gavin Edwards, New York Times, 5 May 2020 But instead of disappearing in a few bites, this sultry mix of flavors is here to bless your brunette strands with a dash of rich auburn. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, 3 Oct. 2018 Chili chocolate is just as rich as the name sounds, with layers of auburn painted over deep browns. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, 3 Oct. 2018 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, 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 |,, 21 May 2017 Auburn got swept over the weekend by Alabama and dropped out of the top 10. Christopher Dabe,, 8 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 How to pronounce auburn (audio) \

Kids Definition of auburn

: of a reddish brown color auburn hair

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