brown

adjective
\ ˈbrau̇n How to pronounce brown (audio) \

Definition of brown

 (Entry 1 of 10)

: of the color brown especially : of dark or tanned complexion

brown

noun

Definition of brown (Entry 2 of 10)

1 : any of a group of colors between red and yellow in hue, of medium to low lightness, and of moderate to low saturation
2 : a brown-skinned person

brown

verb
browned; browning; browns

Definition of brown (Entry 3 of 10)

intransitive verb

: to become brown

transitive verb

: to make brown

Brown

biographical name (1)
\ ˈbrau̇n How to pronounce Brown (audio) \

Definition of Brown (Entry 4 of 10)

Charles Brockden 1771–1810 American novelist

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Definition of Brown (Entry 5 of 10)

Ford Mad*ox \ ˈma-​dəks How to pronounce Brown (audio) \ 1821–1893 English painter

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biographical name (3)

Definition of Brown (Entry 6 of 10)

George 1818–1880 Canadian (Scottish-born) journalist and politician

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biographical name (4)

Definition of Brown (Entry 7 of 10)

(James) Gordon 1951–     British prime minister (2007–10)

Brown

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Definition of Brown (Entry 8 of 10)

James (Joseph) 1933–2006 American singer and songwriter

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Definition of Brown (Entry 9 of 10)

John 1800–1859 Old Brown of Osawatomie \ ˌō-​sə-​ˈwä-​tə-​mē How to pronounce Brown (audio) \ American abolitionist

Brown

biographical name (7)

Definition of Brown (Entry 10 of 10)

Michael Stuart 1941–     American biochemist

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Other Words from brown

Noun

brownish \ ˈbrau̇-​nish How to pronounce brownish (audio) \ adjective
browny \ ˈbrau̇-​nē How to pronounce browny (audio) \ adjective

Examples of brown in a Sentence

Adjective workers whose backs are brown from long hours in the sun Noun The room was decorated in brown. a mix of browns and reds Verb Brown the chicken in a pan with butter. Her skin was browned by the sun. The chicken is browning in the oven.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The voices and outlook of black and brown people themselves come into focus only piecemeal and intermittently. Fara Dabhoiwala, The New York Review of Books, "Speech and Slavery in the West Indies," 3 Aug. 2020 White people voted for programs like Obamacare that disproportionately taxed the rich to help Black and brown people. John Blake, CNN, "How 'good White people' derail racial progress," 1 Aug. 2020 In the 1930s the Nazis designed their own shirts and commissioned Hugo Boss to produce them in black and brown. Matthew Sweet, The Economist, "How white nationalists hijacked the Hawaiian shirt," 31 July 2020 More than 60 years on from the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision that ruled separate was not equal, Black and brown students are still not given a fair chance. Hardy Murphy, The Conversation, "Poor, minority students at dilapidated schools face added risks amid talk of reopening classrooms," 31 July 2020 But a new report underscores a reality that many Black and brown Americans have recognized for years: In the United States, people of color live in places with less immediate access to nature than white people do. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "How ‘nature deprived’ neighborhoods impact the health of people of color," 29 July 2020 Recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data shows that hospitalization rates for Black and brown people are as much as five times higher than for white people. Emily Wilder, USA TODAY, "'Sadness and rage': Obituary for man who died of COVID-19 blames politicians for his death," 11 July 2020 Recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data shows that hospitalization rates for Black and brown people are as much as five times higher than for white people. Emily Wilder, The Arizona Republic, "'Ducey has blood on his hands': Maryvale family angry over father's COVID-19 death," 11 July 2020 Pantry staples, everything curated from black and brown sources, are sold in an online marketplace but can be added to meal and other purchases at Thamee. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Thamee got national acclaim for its Burmese food. Now it wants to become a model for racial justice.," 10 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When JoJo initially showed off her brown 'do on Saturday, the Internet freaked out. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "JoJo Siwa is Back to Her Signature Blonde Ponytail After Going Brunette Over the Weekend," 30 June 2020 The infield was that pale brown that is only found in professional baseball fields. Bob Spitzfaden, USA TODAY, "Why do I love sports? Because it was love at first sight at the old Crosley Field," 24 June 2020 Reroll, chill, and cut scraps. Bake, rotating the positions of the pans halfway through, until cookies are lightly golden brown around edges, 10 to 12 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Olaf Cookies," 15 Nov. 2019 The key to quicker composting is a 3:1 layering of brown to green. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Composting 101: What it takes to produce ‘garden gold’," 8 July 2020 My natural hair is a caramel brown that can pass for dirty blonde in generous lighting. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "7 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Dying My Hair From Blonde to Brown," 10 July 2020 Sometimes the brown is between the veins and sometimes not. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Thin fruit load to avoid limb breakage later in the season," 4 July 2020 Fried to a crispy brown, the combos come with two or three pieces, or as a two piece and thigh combo. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Where to celebrate National Fried Chicken Day in Garland," 3 July 2020 Bake for 15 minutes, then remove the foil with the weights and continue to bake for 5 to 7 minutes, until the pie crust is light golden brown. Allison Robicelli, Washington Post, "It took years of searching (and some terrible slices) to get to a chocolate pie we all deserve," 3 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Keep turning them to brown the edges some more, but try not to overcook. Washington Post, "Make the roasted plums: Position a baking rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees.," 5 Aug. 2020 The shells would be heated over a fire, causing the milk to brown just enough for the message to mystically appear on the paper for the recipient. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "What's the Actual History of Halloween—and Why Do We Celebrate It on October 31?," 9 June 2020 Lower the heat to low and allow the butter both to brown itself and to crisp the sage leaves. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Easy and delicious recipes you can make with the leftovers in your fridge," 6 Apr. 2020 Briefly cook second side, just long enough to brown. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Top pancakes with strawberry and rhubarb sauce loaded with vitamin C," 26 June 2020 In a large pan, brown the stew meat in the bacon grease (about 5 minutes). ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Brisket Carne Guisada," 22 June 2020 Season with the remaining 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper and roast in the oven until the salmon is just cooked through and the beans are lightly browned, 12--14 minutes. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Foods to boost your mood, now that you really need it," 16 Apr. 2020 Bake at 350 degrees until lightly browned around the edges, about 10 minutes. Daniela Galarza, New York Times, "Three-Ingredient Chocolate-Hazelnut Cookies," 15 Apr. 2020 Bake the casserole in a 350° oven for 20 minutes, then turn on the broiler until the cheese is lightly browned. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "This zucchini casserole may have magical powers. It's also perfect for quarantine cooking," 8 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of brown

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for brown

Adjective

Middle English broun, from Old English brūn; akin to Old High German brūn brown, Greek phrynē toad

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The first known use of brown was before the 12th century

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7 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Brown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brown. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for brown

brown

adjective
How to pronounce Brown (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of brown

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: having a color like coffee or chocolate
: having dark or tanned skin

brown

noun

English Language Learners Definition of brown (Entry 2 of 3)

: a color like the color of coffee or chocolate

brown

verb

English Language Learners Definition of brown (Entry 3 of 3)

: to make (something) brown or to become brown especially by cooking or heating

brown

adjective
\ ˈbrau̇n How to pronounce brown (audio) \

Kids Definition of brown

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : of the color of coffee : colored brown
2 : having a dark or tanned complexion

brown

noun

Kids Definition of brown (Entry 2 of 3)

: a color like that of coffee or chocolate

Other Words from brown

brownish \ ˈbrau̇-​nish \ adjective

brown

verb
browned; browning

Kids Definition of brown (Entry 3 of 3)

: to make or become brown Her skin was browned by the sun.

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