brown

adjective
\ ˈbrau̇n How to pronounce brown (audio) \

Definition of brown

 (Entry 1 of 10)

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 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 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 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)

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Definition of Brown (Entry 8 of 10)

James (Joseph) 1933–2006 American singer and songwriter

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biographical name (6)

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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Next steps would include cultivating a more equitable work environment, which means allowing employees, especially Black and brown ones, to flourish within the establishment. Bon Appétit, "Restaurants Are Eager to Get Back to “Normal,” But Status Quo Isn’t Enough," 7 Apr. 2021 The nationwide minimum wage hasn't been raised since July 2009, and raising it will help build a stronger middle class that includes Black and brown families. Rebecca Dixon For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Black women delivered for Biden. Now it's time for Congress to deliver on a $15 minimum wage," 6 Apr. 2021 All of this assumes that the affluent white parents on DCUM don’t want their children rubbing shoulders with Black and brown kids. Natalie Wexler, Forbes, "Don’t Blame Privileged Parents For Education Inequity," 6 Apr. 2021 Republicans across the country, particularly in Georgia, are stealing votes from Black and brown people. Mike Freeman, USA TODAY, "Opinion: East Tennessee State coach, players deserve praise, not scorn, for protesting during anthem," 3 Apr. 2021 He was last seen wearing a red hooded sweatshirt with white lettering on the front, gray pants and brown shoes. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Police ask for help finding critically missing 61-year-old Si Le," 1 Apr. 2021 Pressley said the action will address a crisis that disproportionately harms Black and brown borrowers. BostonGlobe.com, "Pressley, Warren, Healey push Biden to nix $50,000 in student debt," 1 Apr. 2021 The majority of the 900 people who live outside and the 5600 who live in temporary shelters are Black and brown. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Republic, "How Housing Activists Took on Philadelphia and Won," 29 Mar. 2021 Reproductive health care has an infamous history of experimenting on and coercing Black and brown people, in some cases without consent. Stephanie Chen, SELF, "I Got the COVID-19 Vaccine While Pregnant—Here's Why," 26 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The soil in the photo ranges in color from a pale dark brown to a light tan, with smaller rocks scattered around the larger object. Mike Wehner, BGR, "Perseverance found a weird rock on Mars, and scientists can’t identify it," 1 Apr. 2021 Increase heat to medium and boil without stirring until liquid turns a dark golden brown. Jane Black, WSJ, "Why Mail-Order Citrus Is Totally Worth It: A Smart Shopper’s Guide," 17 Dec. 2020 Hussle had always discouraged Black-on-brown (as well as Black-on-Black) conflict. Rob Kenner, Vulture, "The United States vs. ‘FDT’," 23 Mar. 2021 The inside of the shoes look the part of a white bread slice, while the outside resembles a golden brown, freshly baked loaf. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Tommy Cash and Maison Margiela Collaborate on the Weirdest Merch Yet," 18 Mar. 2021 Flip the pieces and continue roasting for about 5 minutes, or until the squash is cooked through and golden brown. Washington Post, "Fried tortillas piled high with spicy roasted squash make for a crunchy, fun dinner," 14 Mar. 2021 Temeka Wirkkala of Red Wing wore a white-and-brown-striped sweater that blended with her idyllic rural background. Alicia Eler, Star Tribune, "Being Black in Minnesota's suburbs and farmlands: a new exhibit tells the stories," 24 Feb. 2021 Normally $378, this purse is on sale right now for just $111.30 in an acorn brown coated canvas with leather trim. Arielle Tschinkel, USA TODAY, "This classic Michael Kors bag is hugely popular—and it's 70% off," 15 Jan. 2021 Bake 10 to 13 minutes or until just beginning to turn golden brown. Arkansas Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, "12 Christmas cookie recipes to spice up your holiday repertoire," 17 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Add baguette slices and cook until lightly browned on the bottom, then flip with tongs to brown the other side. Bill Buford, The New Yorker, "A Very French Way to Poach an Egg," 8 Apr. 2021 To finish the dish: If using sausage, lightly film a heavy pot with a bit of the oil and brown the sausage until slightly crisp. Star Tribune, "Recipe: Red Beans and Rice," 24 Feb. 2021 In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, brown the remaining bacon until crisp, stirring occasionally; about 10 minutes. Abigail Abesamis Demarest, Forbes, "Professional Chefs Share Their Favorite Comforting Soup Recipes," 28 Feb. 2021 Melt the butter in a small skillet over a medium high flame and brown the chicken on both sides. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Abraham Lincoln's Chicken Fricassee," 10 Feb. 2021 Caramel can be tricky, especially if your saucepan isn’t heavy-based; the sugar can brown at the edges while the center is still pale. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "Cream, caramel, chocolate, and espresso powder go into these glorious little puddings," 26 Jan. 2021 Cook, stirring continually, until the pepper and garlic are tender and the peanuts begin to brown slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Star Tribune, "Recipes: Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with NOLA East Mayo, Lagos Plantains With Yaji Dip," 22 Jan. 2021 One of the reasons sous vide is so popular in restaurants is the ability of chef's to prepare meals in advance, and then finish or brown off right before serving. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "3 Reasons You Should Prepare Wild Game with a Sous Vide Cooker," 7 Jan. 2021 In a large skillet over medium-high heat add half the olive oil and brown the beef until no pink remains, 5-8 minutes, and season with salt and pepper. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Spaghetti Pie," 2 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of brown was in the 14th century

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10 Apr 2021

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“Brown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brown. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for brown

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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