auburn

adjective
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

auburn

noun

Definition of auburn (Entry 2 of 3)

: a moderate brown

Auburn

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

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 In the kitchen, his auburn-haired son banged into a table with a funeral home bill lying on top of it. oregonlive.com, "He never expected to be a single dad. Then a gunman in Virginia Beach made him one.," 17 June 2019 Kate showed off her new touch of color (the highlights range in color from pure caramel to deeper, almost auburn shades) with a gorgeous side-parted style and a blowout. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Gets Caramel Highlights for Summer," 16 June 2019 Complete with an auburn wig and green gown, Jonas was the spitting image of Sansa. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Joe Jonas Dressed Up as Sansa Stark to Celebrate the Return of Game of Thrones," 15 Apr. 2019 In the past few months, Mendes has brightened up her signature brunette adding a warm auburn-brown hue to her hair color. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Eva Mendes Just Got Strawberry Highlights and They Are Absolutely Stunning," 17 Apr. 2019 Some blondes flirt dangerously close to dynamic brunette; others are a mere whisper from auburn. Allure, "The Best Blonde Hair Color Ideas for Every Skin Tone," 25 Mar. 2019 Wonho, in particular, went from black to a light auburn shade. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Monsta X's 9 Most Daring Eye Makeup Looks From the "Shoot Out" Music Video," 22 Oct. 2018 At the premiere, Emma finished off the look with bright green and yellow eyeshadow — and the colors totally complimented her light auburn hair. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Emma Stone Attends "The Favourite" Premiere With Fresh Roses in Her Hair," 29 Sep. 2018

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 | Minabinett@al.com, AL.com, "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, NOLA.com, "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 AL.com. 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

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1613, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for auburn

Adjective

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

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auburn

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of auburn

: reddish brown

auburn

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

Kids Definition of auburn

: of a reddish brown color auburn hair

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