brown

adjective
\ˈbrau̇n \

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 \

Definition of Brown (Entry 4 of 10)

Charles Brockden 1771–1810 American novelist

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biographical name (2)

Definition of Brown (Entry 5 of 10)

Ford Mad*ox \ ˈma-​dəks \ 1821–1893 English painter

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Definition of Brown (Entry 6 of 10)

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

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Definition of Brown (Entry 7 of 10)

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

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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 \ American abolitionist

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Definition of Brown (Entry 10 of 10)

Michael Stuart 1941–     American biochemist

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Other Words from brown

Noun

brownish \ ˈbrau̇-​nish \ adjective
browny \ -​nē \ 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

In top form, Trevor is a dashing black-and-brown dachshund with a long, slender body, stout little legs and droopy ears. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "Dachshund blew up like a balloon, 'crackled like Bubble Wrap'," 1 June 2018 Lace bugs attack a variety of shrubs and trees causing leaves to turn light brown or tan. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "The tough half of the gardening marathon is ahead. Here's how to finish strong," 6 July 2018 People with atopic dermatitis generally experience symptoms like very dry and itchy skin, red, brown, or gray skin patches, raised, weeping bumps, and thick, cracked, or scaly skin. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Do About Eczema on Your Eyelid," 3 July 2018 Delany drives a 2014 Nissan Altima that is either dark brown or gray with a Louisiana license plate bearing the number 819BZC. . Michelle Hunter, NOLA.com, "Police searching for suspect in Harahan home invasion," 3 May 2018 The master-bedroom curtains feature Marimekko fabric in a brown-and-white tree pattern. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "A Shoe Executive’s Long-Distance Run to His Oregon Abode," 11 July 2018 According to colorist Marie Robinson, whose clients include Natalie Portman and Anne Hathaway, the best shades of brown and black right now are natural — kicked up a notch. Hannah Morrill, Allure, "22 Gorgeous Brown Hair-Color Ideas," 5 July 2018 Add pancetta and cook until brown and crispy, about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What to bring? These side dishes are always welcome at a summer picnic," 29 June 2018 Just remember that the national Democratic leadership won’t go to the mat for black people or brown people or poor people. Jason Johnson, The Root, "I Finally See It: Democrats Don’t Hate Trump As Much as They Love White Supremacy," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Morgan's Kentucky connections include more than just his love for hot browns. Justin Sayers, The Courier-Journal, "John Morgan took on medical marijuana in Florida, now he's after NCAA," 11 July 2018 Joan Didion was photographed gray for her famous 2015 Celine campaign, but switches between silver and brown bobs in the recent Netflix documentary The Center Will Not Hold. Jessica Berger Gross, Longreads, "Gone Gray," 10 July 2018 Cassius’s palette exists in muted tones of beiges, browns, greens, maroons, limes, lemon sherbets. Samantha Powell, The Cut, "Sorry to Bother You’s Costume Designer on Dressing Tessa Thompson," 10 July 2018 Bake muffins, rotating pan halfway through, until tops are golden brown and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 18–20 minutes. Molly Baz, Bon Appetit, "Extra-Corny Cornbread Muffins," 25 June 2018 Bake crust in lower third of oven, at 425°F, 10 to 12 minutes or until edges and bottom are golden brown. Julia Sherman, New York Times, "A Cookbook of Artists’ Creative Summer Desserts," 22 June 2018 Bake the cookies until the edges are golden brown, for 13-15 minutes. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies," 20 June 2018 Bake until fruit is bubbling and crust is golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes. Kristina Kurek, Country Living, "Mini Stars Berry Pies," 13 June 2018 Bake the pretzel rounds, one sheet at a time, in the center of the oven until puffed and a rich golden brown (color will vary depending on the wash), about 20 minutes. Noelle Carter, charlotteobserver, "Grilling burgers this summer? Up your game with these homemade bun recipes," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

To finish browning top crust, place focaccia on upper rack and bake for 5 to 7 minutes more. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Samin Nosrat Wants Viewers to Cook What They See on Her New Netflix Show, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat," 19 Oct. 2018 Especially roasting, which will brown your bones and ultimately give your broth a rich, flavor and caramel color. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make Bone Broth at Home, According to a Chef," 18 July 2018 On a baking sheet, toast the bread in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until it is lightly browned and crisp. 2. Sally Pasley Vargas, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Crispy soft-shell crabs and chipotle mayo fill these po’ boy sandwiches," 18 June 2018 Add the Canadian bacon or ham and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it is nicely browned. Ellie Krieger, charlotteobserver, "Eggs in a hole, French edition," 12 June 2018 The wealth of vegetables here make all the difference for flavor and nutrition, with a bounty of meaty mushrooms sliced and sauteed with onion until they are nicely browned, and a heap of fresh spinach, cooked until just wilted. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "Here's a grilled corn recipe that's healthy and hands-off," 22 May 2018 Cook for approximately 1 minute 30 seconds, or up to 2 minutes, until edges appear slightly browned. Fox News, "Not your average Mother's Day Brunch: Surprise mom with fruit-filled paleo crepes," 10 May 2018 Frozen meatballs will need to bake a little longer, so keep an eye on them and watch until they are browned and cooked through. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "These Vegetarian Meatballs Are Our Spring Weeknight Obsession," 2 May 2018 Arrange the onions on a sheet pan, spaced well apart, and roast for about 25 minutes, turning occasionally, until they are browned and tender and the remaining skin falls off. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Yellow Beets and Harissa Onions," 18 Apr. 2018

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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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brown

adjective

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 \

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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