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 actress follows in the footsteps of Justin Bieber who wore a similarly plush pair by the French house a few weeks ago, (his were backless, light brown, and monogrammed). Vogue, "Sophie Turner Steps Out in the Most Luxurious House Slipper," 2 Apr. 2019 The powder can also be brown, yellow-gray, orange or pink. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "A woman named Crystal Methvin was charged with drug possession. Guess which kind?," 31 May 2018 Some colors, such as pink, blue, red, orange, and green are exceedingly rare; others, like yellow, brown, and black, are more widely available. J. Lo's pink diamond? Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Jennifer Lopez's Pink Diamond Made Her an Engagement Ring Influencer," 23 Mar. 2019 The brown, ankle-length boots seem to be a new pair for the duchess, who ditched her usual leather riding boots by Penelope Chilvers for the more industrial-looking pair. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Rocks Skinny Jeans and Combat Boots for a Community Garden Appearance," 15 Jan. 2019 That piece of toast, for example, still took around three and a half minutes to brown properly, so, not very fast. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Brava Hopes to Heat Up the 'Smart Kitchen' With a $995 Oven," 10 July 2018 Sweetbreads with creamy white insides were fried to a pale, crinkled gold, then served with a brown, French, lovely and anachronistic sauce made from veal jus and crayfish. New York Times, "It’s Not Fake French, It’s Frenchette," 10 July 2018 Each barrel was outfitted with a different skin: white, black, brown, gray or black-and-white stripes. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Settling a Heated Debate—Do Zebra Stripes Keep These Animals Cool?," 10 July 2018 Zendaya looked every bit a supermodel in a dark brown August Getty Atelier gown, while her slicked back hairstyle cost less than $20 in total products. refinery29.com, "The Best Beauty Looks From The MTV Awards Cost Less Than $15," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Add remaining 3 Tbsp oil, lemon zest, and garlic; cook until garlic sizzles around edges and turns golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Quick Charred Escarole with Sauteed Garlic and Lemon," 30 Nov. 2018 Place bread on rimmed baking sheet and bake until beginning to turn golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes; transfer to large bowl. Pour broth over bread and let sit, tossing occasionally, until absorbed. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Northwest Fruit Stuffing," 23 Oct. 2018 The leaves of oak trees, for example, turn reddish brown or russet. Brian Resnick, Vox, "When and where fall foliage colors will peak, in one map," 13 Oct. 2018 Toss your chicken or salmon fillets on the pan, surround them with vegetables, and roast until everything turns golden brown, a perfect one-pan meal. Melissa Clark, The Seattle Times, "How to make sheet-pan suppers without the meat," 1 Oct. 2018 Some critics have complained that the African-American museum’s three-tiered crown, which was inspired by a wood sculpture made by an early 20th Century Yoruba artist, turns a dull brown when there’s no sunlight to make the aluminum sparkle. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "The national African-American museum still stirs the soul — and drops hints of what to expect at the Obama Presidential Center," 11 July 2018 Cook the tofu and beans in a non-stick pan until the tofu is beginning to turn golden brown and the bean skins look dry and are starting to crack apart. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "A Veggie Burger Recipe That Doesn't Have 15 Ingredients for Once," 20 June 2018 Right after birth, my naturally dirty blonde hair turned dark brown at the root and grew for two inches that way before returning to natural dirty blonde. Melissa Dahl, The Cut, "100 Women on the Wildest Ways Their Bodies Changed After Pregnancy," 30 May 2018 Set the saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, until the garlic turns golden brown. Amy Scattergood, latimes.com, "Cookbook of the Week: 'Hawker Fare' by James Syhabout," 18 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Place pan on bottom rack of oven and roast, tossing every 10 minutes, until well-browned, about 35 to 45 minutes. Melissa Clark, The Seattle Times, "How to make sheet-pan suppers without the meat," 1 Oct. 2018 Flip and cook other side for another 3 to 5 minutes, until the other side is deeply browned as well. Ann Maloney, NOLA.com, "Chef Alon Shaya's memoir cookbook reflects life and food before break with John Besh," 8 Mar. 2018 Brushing with milk will lend color to the crust, as the sugars in the milk help to brown it. Noelle Carter, charlotteobserver, "Grilling burgers this summer? Up your game with these homemade bun recipes," 6 July 2018 Meanwhile, heat a cast-iron skillet on the stove and place the patties in the skillet, browning them for about 2 minutes on each side. Maureen Fitzgerald, Philly.com, "Cooking teachers and students both learning lessons," 24 Apr. 2018 Simply line your pans with parchment before adding vegetables that have been tossed with oil and salt, then roast at 450℉ to 500℉ until the vegetables are tender and nicely browned. NBC News, "8 simple things you can do to eat a little better today, with Sam Kass," 5 Apr. 2018 Fry fish on one side about 3-4 minutes then flip and cook 3-4 minutes more, until both sides are browned. Eric Velasco, AL.com, "How to make fish and chips for St. Patrick's Day," 16 Apr. 2017 Farmers are racing to grow and sell the perfect apple, one with the best texture, the best crunch, the best flavor — even an apple that won’t brown. Ellen Rolfes, Vox, "The quest for the perfect apple," 24 Oct. 2018 Once onions had browned Makayla Major and Asiyah Mayfield-West added the celery and red peppers. Philly.com, "Salmon cakes good, sweet potato wedges missing something," 2 May 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 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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