brown

adjective
\ ˈbrau̇n How to pronounce brown (audio) \

Definition of brown

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : having the color of wood or chocolate especially : of the color brown (see brown entry 2 sense 1) a brown cow brown eyes and hair as brown as the oak leaves
b : having dark or tanned skin Their hands and faces were brown from long days in the sun.
2 or less commonly Brown : of or relating to any of various population groups considered as having medium pigmentation of the skin Black and brown Americans

brown

noun

Definition of brown (Entry 2 of 3)

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 browns or less commonly Browns plural : people belonging to any of various population groups considered as having medium pigmentation of the skin

Note: The plural noun browns is mostly used in phrases referring to multiple population groups, as in "policies that disproportionately affect Blacks and browns."

brown

verb
browned; browning; browns

Definition of brown (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to become brown

transitive verb

: to make brown

Other Words from brown

Noun

brownish \ ˈbrau̇-​nish How to pronounce brown (audio) \ adjective
browny \ ˈbrau̇-​nē How to pronounce brown (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Dorsey says Black and brown influencers typically earn less than their White counterparts -- a statement supported by a recent study. Lynsey Weatherspoon/redux For Cnn, CNN, 7 May 2022 Black and brown women are always going to be the culture. Shirley Ju, Variety, 5 May 2022 Activists who work in Black and brown communities fear the socioeconomic effects of this potential decision from the highest court in the country. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 5 May 2022 Organizations that demonstrate to protect the rights of Black and brown people say that facing off against potential hate crimes is perilous on an unlevel playing field. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 2 May 2022 Black and brown bears swat at spawning Pacific salmon and Dolly Varden char. Anchorage Daily News, 29 Apr. 2022 The solution to protecting Black and brown women against domestic violence cannot come from the same systems that oppress them. Hanna Phifer, refinery29.com, 29 Apr. 2022 Pepita cloth lines the door panels and seat centers, contrasting with the cabin's black and brown leather decor. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, 27 Apr. 2022 Though this breakdown did not have any racial demographic information, other studies show that Black and brown children are typically more exposed to gun violence than white children are. Josiah Bates, Time, 27 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Of course, Shantelle brown is the incumbent, right? Laura Johnston, cleveland, 26 Apr. 2022 Milky Lip Jelly, which consists of Pistachio (nude pink), Coconut (rosy pink), Cashew (rosy brown), Oat (peachy pink), and Almond (milky chocolate). Sarah Han, Allure, 6 Mar. 2022 Louis Vuitton brown is the latest evolution of the expensive brunette trend loved by celebs like Karlie Kloss and Hailey Bieber. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 5 Mar. 2022 Ten years ago, the sky was more likely to be a smoggy brown-gray at this time of year, stained by pollution from industry and heating. New York Times, 18 Feb. 2022 Add the chicken to the skillet and brown on each side. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 4 Feb. 2022 Defective plumbing that tinges water brown or creates an odd taste can also turn people away from the faucet. Michael Phillis, chicagotribune.com, 30 Jan. 2022 Valdes notes that for the example above, her model had a medium/light brown that made the perfect base for a more natural strawberry shade. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 30 Apr. 2022 Roast for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown and fork-tender. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 27 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Or brown some quality sausage or bacon before heating your soup. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 18 Feb. 2022 That forced fire officials to make the tough decision to brown out three specialty firefighting crews and a fire engine in Point Loma, Stowell said. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Sep. 2021 Flip to brown the other side, another 2 to 3 minutes. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2022 Alternatively, carefully and quickly brown the cheese in the broiler. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 28 Mar. 2022 Cook, allowing patties to lightly brown on one side, then turn over. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 28 Nov. 2021 Cook without moving the pork, until it is nicely browned, 2 to 3 minutes, then flip each piece to brown the other side, another 2 to 3 minutes. Washington Post, 17 June 2021 Add the beef to the pot in batches to brown evenly on all sides. Beth Segal, cleveland, 7 Jan. 2022 Bake the crackers for 20 to 25 minutes, until the squares are starting to brown around the edges. Beth Segal, cleveland, 12 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of brown

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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16 May 2022

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“Brown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brown. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for brown

brown

adjective
\ ˈbrau̇n How to pronounce brown (audio) \

Kids Definition of brown

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : of the color of chocolate : colored brown
2 : of or relating to any of various groups of people having medium to dark pigmentation of the skin
3 : having a tanned complexion

brown

noun

Kids Definition of brown (Entry 2 of 3)

: a color like that of 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 The bread was nicely browned by the oven.

Brown biographical name (1)

\ ˈbrau̇n How to pronounce Brown (audio) \

Definition of Brown

 (Entry 1 of 7)

Charles Brockden 1771–1810 American novelist

Brown

biographical name (2)

Definition of Brown (Entry 2 of 7)

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

Brown

biographical name (3)

Definition of Brown (Entry 3 of 7)

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

Brown

biographical name (4)

Definition of Brown (Entry 4 of 7)

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

Brown

biographical name (5)

Definition of Brown (Entry 5 of 7)

James (Joseph) 1933–2006 American singer and songwriter

Brown

biographical name (6)

Definition of Brown (Entry 6 of 7)

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

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biographical name (7)

Definition of Brown (Entry 7 of 7)

Michael Stuart 1941–     American biochemist

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