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

With her chameleonic abilities, SZA wowed followers with an auburn Afro, larger-than-life lashes, and glossed lips, while Imaan Hammam got playful on vacation with her signature coils and sun-kissed skin. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Priyanka Chopra, SZA, and More," 11 Aug. 2019 In the kitchen, his auburn-haired son banged into a table with a funeral home bill lying on top of it. Washington Post, "He never expected to be a single dad. Then a gunman in Virginia Beach made him one.," 14 June 2019 To achieve this effect, Leaman suggests asking your colorist for natural-looking red and auburn tones. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "The Chili Chocolate Hair-Color Trend Is the Prettiest Way for Brunettes to Go Red," 3 Oct. 2018 Sara’s mom drove her there in her powder blue Datsun 210, and Sara, with her auburn hair in braids like Laura Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie, bounded into the gym in her leotard. Abigail Pesta, Time, "An Early Survivor of Larry Nassar’s Abuse Speaks Out For the First Time," 18 July 2019 Her hair was shoulder length, a series of flowing auburn waves, similar to Kaye’s, though Kaye’s hair was shorter. Elizabeth Poliner,, "2019 Algren Awards: Finalist: Sabelle," 20 July 2019 Accompanied by a new auburn hair color, Zendaya’s most recent fashion moments include a Georges Hobeika gown, custom Armani outfit, and an Alexandre Vauthier suit. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Check Out Zendaya's Best Looks From Her Latest Press Run," 11 July 2019 Our driver, an auburn-haired Aussie marine biologist, fearless and cheery, starts the motor. Janice Wald Henderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "These New Expedition Cruises Take Travelers to the World’s Most Remote Corners," 28 June 2019 Fans had hoped the 21-year-old’s switch-up from auburn hair to the crimson hue was due to a potential new role as Ariel, in Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "You Have To See Zendaya's Fiery New Look," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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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English Language Learners Definition of auburn

: reddish brown


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Kids Definition of auburn

: of a reddish brown color auburn hair

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