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au·​burn ˈȯ-bərn How to pronounce auburn (audio)
: of the color auburn
: of a reddish-brown color


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: a moderate brown

Example Sentences

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More than a half-century later, Lollobrigida still turned heads with a head full of auburn curly hair and her statuesque figure. Frances D'emilio, USA TODAY, 16 Jan. 2023 Bartlett’s primary theatricalizing tactic is to place Orlando among a chorus of Virginia Woolfs, all wearing identical glasses and cardigans, their auburn wigs arranged in low buns. Helen Shaw, The New Yorker, 6 Jan. 2023 Say so long to Ortega's lengthy hair and Wednesday Addams's noteworthy braided crown because on Friday, December 16, the actor debuted a wolf cut that's cheeky, short, and very auburn. Chelsea Avila, Allure, 19 Dec. 2022 Who could forget those auburn girl-next-door tendrils from 1939's Wizard of Oz? ELLE, 16 Dec. 2022 Underneath a cap, his auburn hair was matted, wet, and red. Dugan Arnett,, 19 Nov. 2022 Her auburn hair is pulled back in a bun, accentuating her simple beauty. Craig Thomas, The New Yorker, 15 Oct. 2022 Isabelle Huppert, the actor whose striking auburn waves are a familiar sight on red carpets around the world, is among scores of French stars who have filmed themselves cutting off chunks of their hair in solidarity with women in Iran. Kerry Mcdermott, Vogue, 6 Oct. 2022 While the 1-year-old guinea pig may not have flaming locks of auburn hair, this brunette beauty has no intention of stealing your man. The Republic, The Arizona Republic, 13 Aug. 2022
Our forever hair crush Rihanna wore her dark auburn in long, loose waves under a Dior beret. ELLE, 16 Dec. 2022 Its color is set off by her blushing skin, by the rich but comparatively quiet background hues of khaki and burgundy and by the auburn of her hair, which Leighton encourages us to confuse with the textured cloth billowing all around her. Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2022 Kassidy Silva was practically destined to be an Allure Best of Beauty tester — more specifically, her auburn-toned, waist-length hair. Kristin Limoges, Allure, 15 Aug. 2022 But today, in 2022, Roberts is back to the beautiful auburn that first dazzled fans back in the ’80s. Vogue, 15 July 2022 The Finnish Spitz features erect ears, a dense coat, and a bushy tail, appearing in a range of colors from pale honey to deep auburn. The Editors, Outside Online, 23 Oct. 2012 Auburn plays a home game against Oklahoma on Saturday, Alabama visits on Tuesday, and the fantastical auburn-hued sky, for once, is not beginning to fall just as things are getting good for the Tigers. Joseph Goodman |, al, 28 Jan. 2022 No Way Home, revealed her latest look - a long auburn-colored bob - on her Instagram Stories Thursday. Charmaine Patterson,, 16 Dec. 2021 After a year of experimenting with darker hair colors, including a fiery red at the Met Gala and several shades of auburn and brown, the supermodel was spotted with a bright blonde 'do in NYC yesterday. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 25 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1613, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of auburn was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Auburn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


: of a reddish brown color
auburn hair

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Au·​burn ˈȯ-bərn How to pronounce Auburn (audio)
city in eastern Alabama population 53,380

Note: Auburn University is located in Auburn, Alabama.

city on the Androscoggin River in southwestern Maine population 23,055
city in central New York population 27,687
city east-northeast of Tacoma in western Washington population 70,180

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