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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

Examples of auburn in a Sentence

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The Kardashians star, 39, unveiled her auburn hair color in photos released on Monday for her latest collection with Fabletics, titled Khloé V3. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 2 Apr. 2024 Her wavy auburn hair is pushed to the side for a bombshell effect. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 8 Feb. 2024 She’s dressed in a cozy black sweater and jeans, with flats and dark sunglasses that set off her auburn hair — an inconspicuous look for the posh surroundings. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 3 Jan. 2024 While she's had several other looks ahead of the fall festival — including a bubblegum pink, auburn red and jet black — the singer first debuted the fiery red look at the 2023 Grammys. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 10 Feb. 2024 Husband Ben Napier Plays Beauty Shop with Daughters Mae and Helen Both men are over six feet tall with brown locks and signature beards, though Jason's is salt and pepper while Ben's has an auburn hue. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 24 Jan. 2024 Advertisement Her thick, auburn hair was tied back in a ponytail and her slender, athletic frame was dressed casually in black pants and a sleeveless black shirt, revealing long, muscled arms. Marcia Luttrell, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Sep. 2023 This includes everything from big, auburn curls and perfectly coiffed afros, to fuchsia lipsticks. Akili King, Essence, 14 Nov. 2023 She might still be getting used to the new color and cut, but what better time to experiment with auburn hair than in the fall? Gabi Thorne, Allure, 25 Sep. 2023
Julianne Moore's bold mane teeters between bright copper and the deeper auburn seen here. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 22 Mar. 2024 Many of her most memorable looks have been worn on the Met Gala carpet: Zendaya’s auburn Joan of Arc crop in 2018? Christine Werthman, Billboard, 1 Mar. 2024 Emma Watson recently surprised us with a new hair color, and her auburn is perfect for anyone who wants to subtly combine red and brown. Anna Bader, Glamour, 18 Dec. 2023 Cowboy copper is one of the biggest trends right now, thanks to its warm, golden-brown take on auburn that makes red feasible and flattering on anyone — and fabulous on Mitchell. Marci Robin, Allure, 12 Dec. 2023 Dashes of navy, auburn and fire-engine red invite the viewer into the buzzing thoroughfare. Angelica Aboulhosn, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Dec. 2023 Drummond even covered her auburn locks with a wig to match Barrymore's shade. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 30 Oct. 2023 Fox arrived at the fashion event with her long, straight hair a shade of berry-leaning auburn and frosty white eye shadow reaching from the inner corner to out beyond her brow bone. Marci Robin, Allure, 6 Sep. 2023 Then, awaken your gaze with a coat of L’Oréal’s Lash Paradise Mascara and accentuate your lips with a swipe of vibrant lipstick by Revlon. Brow Wiz A retractable pencil with an ultra-thin tip for a hair-mimicking effect — available in 12 shades including chocolate and auburn. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 11 Oct. 2023

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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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“Auburn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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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