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 ˈma-dəks (audio)\ 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 How to pronounce ˌō-sə-ˈwä-tə-mē (audio)\ 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 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 suspect was unshaven and had short, curly, brown hair, according to the Oregon State Police. oregonlive.com, "Man tries to abduct teen girl from Milo McIver State Park, authorities say," 3 July 2019 Police said the suspect, a white woman who is about 30 to 35 years old and has brown hair with blond tips, was behind the wheel of a dark-colored minivan that struck a 27-year-old woman. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit police seek hit-and-run suspect from candlelight vigil," 3 July 2019 When the direct reports meeting ends, Holmstén, his brown hair flopped stylishly over his right brow, and Erlich head to their desks, which are next to each other in an open office. Claudia Rosenbaum, Billboard, "Jobs of Tomorrow: Spotify's Nick Holmstén on Why the Streaming Giant and Its Algorithm Are Good for Business," 27 June 2019 Fox is described as having brown hair and blue eyes. Fox News, "New Jersey cold case includes ransom phone call that said 'your daughter's life is the buttered topping'," 25 June 2019 An ocean breeze pushed Lennon’s short brown hair away from his forehead, and his eyes were hidden behind small, oval sunglasses. David Gambacorta, Longreads, "Took You By Surprise: John and Paul’s Lost Reunion," 25 June 2019 Loww, a youthful forty-year-old with long brown hair who was born and raised in South Bend, wore a baseball cap, bluejeans, and flip-flops. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "What Pete Buttigieg Has and Hasn’t Done About Homelessness in South Bend," 24 June 2019 Wilkes is described as being white, 6-feet-4-inches tall, 215 pounds, with brown hair, hazel eyes, and was last seen wearing shorts, according to the statement. Sam Blum | Sblum@al.com, NOLA.com, "Police search for suspect who killed Alabama policeman, injured 2 others," 20 May 2019 For the social media debut of her new look, Demi tucked a portion of her now chocolate brown hair behind her ears. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Demi Lovato Debuted a Summer Lob," 13 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Fry, turning once, until golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes per side. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Fried Pickles With Buttermilk Ranch," 17 June 2019 Bake, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: Make a special dessert for Dad on his special day," 12 June 2019 Add the corn and cook, stirring frequently until golden brown, about 6 minutes. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Lima Bean and Roasted Corn Succotash," 12 June 2019 Return oil to pan, add shallot and gradually fry until golden brown, about 6 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Crispy Garlic Chile Oil," 7 June 2019 Place artichokes in pan, cut sides down, and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Lemony Artichoke Linguine with Olives," 29 Apr. 2019 Fry chicken, turning halfway through, until golden brown, about 6 minutes. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "The Greatest New Year’s Menus on the Planet (at Least We Think So)," 26 Dec. 2018 Add 1 tablespoon oil, then mushrooms; season with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook, tossing twice, until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes; transfer to a plate. Reduce heat to medium and add remaining tablespoon oil to skillet. Redbook Test Kitchen, Redbook, "Seared Chicken with Cheesy Spinach and Mushrooms," 20 Aug. 2018 Lightly butter each bun and toast until golden brown. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pulled chicken BBQ on a toasted bun," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Add the onion and the garlic (to taste, if using) and cook, stirring a lot, until fragrant and soft, but not browned at all, about 4 minutes. Martha Holmberg, Washington Post, "Anytime you want use up a lot of tender herbs, make this easy rice," 5 July 2019 Cover tightly with aluminum foil; bake (middle rack) for 20 minutes, then uncover and continue to bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or just until some browned spots appear. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Denver Post, "Fire up your summer with recipes from the season’s new grilling cookbooks," 24 June 2019 The high-quality jumbo scallops didn’t have a proper crust, browned but soft. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Review: The Terrace Grill at the Dalmar in Fort Lauderdale is a good-looking disappointment," 20 June 2019 California experienced a very wet winter and spring, and even vast areas that were scorched earth after last year's wildfires now have new head-high brush that is rapidly browning as summer approaches. Fox News, "California utility proactively cuts power because of weather," 9 June 2019 Acrylamide is formed when foods are browned during roasting, frying, searing, baking, or otherwise heating over 120° Celsius. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "The secretive nonprofit that made millions suing companies over cancer warnings," 6 June 2019 Aged gouda, browned butter and toasted sunflower seeds complement the nutty flavor. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "A Risotto Recipe That Never Fails," 17 May 2019 Use a thin spatula or tongs to gently turn them over and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes on the second sides, so they are evenly browned. Bonnie S. Benwick, Twin Cities, "For a dose of comfort, make these classic cheese blintzes," 13 June 2019 Fry bacon in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Ann Maloney, nola.com, "Dig into the red, ripe Creole Tomato Fest this weekend," 5 June 2019

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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 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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