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 Rhonda Fleming, the green-eyed, auburn-haired actress who was known as the Queen of Technicolor during Hollywood’s Golden Age and who made a mark as a philanthropist by channeling her wealth and prominence into helping others, has died. Devin Kelly, Los Angeles Times, "Golden Age actress and singer Rhonda Fleming has died at 97," 17 Oct. 2020 As a bonus, our early October visit happened to coincide with the peak of fall colors, particularly in the mountains north of Durango where the aspen trees were transforming from green to gold and auburn. Dan Fellner, The Arizona Republic, "Durango fall road trip: 4 don't-miss things to do, plus where to eat and stay," 12 Oct. 2020 Why did this waitress or student or passerby dye their hair blond but not brown or black or auburn or silver? Kierstan Carter, The New Republic, "Claudia Rankine Has a Few Questions," 6 Oct. 2020 The waxing moon was cloaked in a haze of deep auburn Wednesday night. Nora Mishanec,, "Air pollution from wildfire smoke creates crimson moon, worrying scientists," 1 Oct. 2020 Carey is described as a 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 105 pounds, with greenish or hazel eyes and reddish or auburn dyed hair that is shoulder length, but shaved on one side. oregonlive, "Corvallis police ask for public’s help in case of missing teen," 28 Aug. 2020 Sprawling pumpkin patches, leaves changing from green to brilliant auburn, pretty pumpkin recipes, piping-hot cups of pumpkin spice coffee — all of the best things about fall are perfectly picturesque. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "100 Best Fall Instagram Captions for All Your Gorgeous Autumn Photos," 6 July 2020 The kaka, a large auburn parrot, is another Zealandia success story. Mara Johnson-groh, Wired, "The Quest to Purge New Zealand of Invasive Predators," 30 May 2020 The kaka, a large auburn parrot, is another Zealandia success story. Mara Johnson-groh, Popular Science, "New Zealand’s bold rat-control campaign sees its first wave of successes," 26 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "15 Essential Hair-Metal Videos," 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, "The Chili Chocolate Hair-Color Trend Is the Prettiest Way for Brunettes to Go Red," 3 Oct. 2018 Chili chocolate is just as rich as the name sounds, with layers of auburn painted over deep browns. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "The Chili Chocolate Hair-Color Trend Is the Prettiest Way for Brunettes to Go Red," 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, "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 |,, "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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Cite this Entry

“Auburn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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