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

Cook for 2 minutes, until onions have softened and cumin seeds are slightly brown. Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "5 Energizing, Plant-Based Dishes This R.D. Relies on During Ramadan," 3 May 2019 Add half the mushrooms and cook, tossing once, until golden brown and crisp, 5 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Ravioli with Creamy Mushrooms and Asparagus," 29 Apr. 2019 Perhaps the brown and green-eyed kills had already happened and the blue-eyed takedown was the final piece of the puzzle. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Has Green Eyes on Game of Thrones?," 29 Apr. 2019 Alternatively, the coffee bar upstairs is attached to the guest bedroom, which is brown and neutral toned overall (although the satin blue wallpaper is a definite fun addition). Nikhita Mahtani, House Beautiful, "You've Got to See How This Glamorous 10,000-Square-Foot Home Came Together," 26 Apr. 2019 Melt sugar using a kitchen torch until golden brown and crisp, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Earl Gray Crème Brûlée," 19 Mar. 2019 Iron oxides, the same compounds that create brown and red rust, are turning icebergs emerald. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Green Icebergs Could Be Secretly Feeding All Ocean Life," 7 Mar. 2019 Manny Machado, the big-hitting, slick-fielding infielder, was going to be paid $300 million to wear Padres brown and gold for the next decade. John Marshall, The Seattle Times, "Padres buzzing over impending arrival of Manny Machado," 20 Feb. 2019 Cook, stirring, until bacon starts to brown and garlic is aromatic, about 4 minutes. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Toast Everybody Should Be Talking About," 24 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For more corporate environments stick to something neutral, maybe a chestnut brown or caramel nude color, or for a more relaxed environment take the plunge into cherry red or baby blue. Vogue, "5 Office-Ready Style Hacks You’ll Need This Summer," 7 May 2019 At the end of the school year, basically all of our trash, including some larger pieces of the citrus peel, was still fully intact and the landfill run-off was a murky brown at the bottom of the container. Teen Vogue, "Environmental Science Is Crucial to Combat Climate Change — So Why Isn't It a Mandatory Class?," 29 Apr. 2019 My natural hair is a caramel brown that can pass for dirty blond in generous lighting. Glamour, "7 Things I Wish I'd Known Before Going From Blond to Brunette," 30 Mar. 2019 Casual Sophistication EKESTAD cabinets in a deep espresso brown lend an air of sophistication, even when your kitchen is overrun by kids. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Your Style," 11 Feb. 2019 Either way, any pile of living or once-living ingredients eventually becomes compost, recognizable as a dark brown, crumbly fudge with a woodsy smell. Lee Reich, The Seattle Times, "Fall is the perfect time to build a compost bin," 16 Oct. 2018 Bake until crust is golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Buffalo Chicken Pizza," 27 Dec. 2018 Check for doneness by peeling up a piece of foil — the crimps should be light golden brown. Margaux Laskey, The Seattle Times, "Wrap up one of these sweet cookbooks for the home bakers in your life," 11 Dec. 2018 Transfer to oven and bake until crisp is golden brown and apples are tender, 50-60 minutes. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "A Luscious, Low-Maintenance Alternative to Apple Pie," 21 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Bake phyllo sheets for 5 to 7 minutes, until browned and crispy. Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "5 Energizing, Plant-Based Dishes This R.D. Relies on During Ramadan," 3 May 2019 Add bacon and cook until browned and crisp, 6 to 10 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spring Carrot Penne with Bacon and Peas," 29 Apr. 2019 Grill any small broccoli florets that break loose in the preheated cast-iron skillet, tossing often, until browned and crisp, 3-4 minutes. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "Cook’s Trick: Go Ahead and Overdo It," 7 Sep. 2018 Cook patties about 3 minutes on each side, until browned and cooked through. Anne Schamberg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "YMCA farm-themed camps teach where food comes from," 3 July 2018 Remove the lid and continue baking for 10 minutes more, or until the top is well browned and the dough sounds hollow when tapped with your knuckles on the bottom. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Irish cooks came to this country knowing how to make brown bread with their eyes closed," 28 June 2018 Fry the sandwiches on both sides until bread is browned and sandwich is heated through. Robert Klose, The Christian Science Monitor, "My tuna fish revelation," 20 June 2018 Cook, breaking pork up into small pieces, until browned, 4 to 6 minutes (drain off excess fat, if necessary). Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Potato Gnocchi with Pork Ragù," 18 Mar. 2019 Sear until browned in spots all over and al dente, 2 minutes more. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "How to Cold-Weather-Proof a Niçoise Salad," 22 Feb. 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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