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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biographical name (5)

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 \ 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

People line up to file past the open, butternut-brown casket at the Smithsonian’s African American Museum, silently paying tribute. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Funeral for Emmett Till, lynched in 1955, unfolds every day in the nation’s capital," 12 July 2018 Long one of Zagreb's top addresses for seafood, the minimalist interior features dark-brown furniture tones and low-key lighting, while the 12-course tasting menu and smoked trout makes for a luxurious night out. Katarina Kovac, Vogue, "Where to Go in Croatia’s Capital City of Zagreb," 11 July 2018 Wilt proposed to Byrd last week, handing her a diamond ring hidden inside a chocolate-brown box that looked like - one guess - a Kit Kat bar. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Twitter told her to dump boyfriend over how he eats Kit Kats. Then he sweetly proposed," 10 July 2018 The muddy-brown drink is made from the crushed roots of the kava plant and produces a mild sedative effect. Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Kavasutra Kava Bar serves its libations with a side of sexism and transphobia that has social media enraged," 10 July 2018 The white-and-brown motorhome vanished between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. Thursday, while the owner was making a trip to Anchorage, said troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "When car thieves and the Alaska summer intersect: An old motorhome was stolen from a campsite," 7 July 2018 While the stairs are factory-style metal, the ceiling in the main living space is made of light-brown wood. Cecilie Rohwedder, WSJ, "Farmhouse Fever Sweeps City Homes," 5 July 2018 The other was carved more loosely to create atmospheric tonal fields in gray-brown color. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Out of the shadows and into the light: 'Chiaroscuro Woodcut' is a sleeper hit at LACMA," 5 July 2018 In the nearly 30 years that Céline Dion has been an international superstar, the powerhouse vocalist has done her fair share of experimentation with hairstyles, from her naturally dark-brown curls to a platinum pixie cut. Marci Robin, Allure, "Celine Dion Looks Like a Different Person With Super-Blonde Bangs," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Transfer to a sheet pan or an oven-safe skillet and bake until golden brown, about 20 to 25 minutes. Sarah Fritsche, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Melissa Perello’s Summer Stone Fruit & Tomato Panzanella," 3 July 2018 Cook shallot, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Summer Squash, Mint, and Pecorino Pasta," 11 June 2018 Deep fry the peppers until golden brown, then remove from the oil with a skimmer and drain on paper towels. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Shishito peppers: Saute, roast, grill them. (Don't worry about seeds)," 5 June 2018 Bake until golden brown, about 45 minutes for the casserole and 25 minutes for ramekins. Judy Walker, NOLA.com, "Pimento cheese sandwich, casserole, spread recipes: Variations are endless," 22 May 2018 Raise heat under pan to medium-high, and stir in artichokes, leeks, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and cook until golden brown and tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Melissa Clark, charlotteobserver, "Diving into the delicious mess that is the artichoke | Charlotte Observer," 15 May 2018 Fry until golden brown, flipping once, about 2 minutes per side. Claire Perez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Glazed apple fritters are fast and easy to make," 27 Apr. 2018 Cook the other side until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Slice and serve. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: Ayesha Curry’s Grilled Cheese With Rosemary Butter," 12 Apr. 2018 This cool chocolate brown is definitely a foray on the grayer side of things. Dafra Sanou, Allure, "My 10 Favorite Nude Lipsticks for Dark Skin Tones," 26 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are softened and browned in spots, 15 to 20 minutes. Heinz® Mayonnaise, Bon Appetit, "Not Your Average French Dip," 25 June 2018 Bake for about 15 minutes, until the center of the thickest piece is still just a little translucent and the crackers have browned. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaskana recipe: Halibut Olympia a little better than you remember," 12 July 2018 Transfer to oven and cook until garlic is tender and lightly browned, about 90 minutes. Jonah Miller, WSJ, "Throw a Summer Party the Effortless Spanish Way," 6 July 2018 Totels, who likes to ride the city buses and the light rail, has brown, spiked hair and brown eyes, Tyler said. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Police search for missing 18-year-old with autism," 2 July 2018 Cook leeks, garlic, red pepper flakes, and 3 mint sprigs, stirring occasionally, until leeks are soft but not browned, 6–8 minutes; season with salt. Molly Baz, Bon Appetit, "Orecchiette with Buttermilk, Peas, and Pistachios," 28 May 2018 Working in batches, add 4 or 5 small dollops of pancake batter to the pan; cook for about 5 minutes or until puffed and lightly browned on the bottom, then flip them over and cook for 4 to 5 minutes on the second sides. Jason Wilson, charlotteobserver, "Vermont’s maple syrup business is booming, thanks to technology and changing tastes," 4 May 2018 Cook, taking care not to brown the vegetables, until mixture begins to thicken and ingredients are well incorporated, 3-5 minutes. Pour in rum to deglaze skillet and allow alcohol to evaporate. Osayi Endolyn, WSJ, "Why Chefs Are Elevating Rice to Star Ingredient Status," 13 July 2018 Brush with oil and grill about 4-5 minutes or until browned. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Caprese salad meets grilled bread in this easy summer appetizer," 8 July 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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Dictionary Entries near brown

browis

browless

browman

brown

Brown

brown alga

brown ash

Phrases Related to brown

browned off

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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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