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

Janet had crossed her arms on her inner tube and laid her cheek on them, her long brown hair trailing in the water, rising and falling with the waves. Mary Grimm, The New Yorker, "Back Then," 17 June 2019 Krasner’s grief, her rage, her power are all contained within the canvas, layered in jagged streaks of dark brown and daubs of white. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Irrepressible Emotion of Lee Krasner," 13 June 2019 Roxie Shaia seems like just one of the boys for the Costa Mesa National Little League Minor B Division John Carroll University Blue Streaks, save for her first name and the long brown hair coming out the back of her catcher’s mask. Matt Szabo, latimes.com, "Costa Mesa National Little League advances to District 62 Tournament of Champions Minor B semifinals by beating Huntington Valley," 12 June 2019 The boys are fraternal; one has blond hair and one has dark brown hair. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "New push to recognize U.S. citizenship of boy whose twin is already a citizen," 7 June 2019 Riihmaa was described as a white female, about 4-feet-10-inches tall with brown hair and blue eyes. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al.com, "Tennessee authorities arrest man in Alabama who allegedly kidnapped special needs woman," 4 June 2019 This lime-green color isn't normally in my makeup wheelhouse, but the brightness brings out the different colors of brown in my eyes and was a simple way to make my whole outfit pop. Asia Milia Ware, Teen Vogue, "6 Teen Vogue Editors Tried Fenty Beauty's New Vivid Eyeliner," 10 May 2019 Landing on the right shade of brown is more than bringing in an inspiration photo from Instagram. Glamour, "7 Things I Wish I'd Known Before Going From Blond to Brunette," 30 Mar. 2019 This one comes with two horsehair brushes, two horsehair daubers, two polishing cloths, and black and brown shoe cream. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "The 25 best Father’s Day gifts of 2019," 3 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Lightly butter each bun and toast until golden brown. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pulled chicken BBQ on a toasted bun," 18 June 2019 Gently tap one side of each hard-cooked egg on cutting board to crack slightly; transfer to wreath centers and bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Erin Phraner, Good Housekeeping, "Give This Traditional Easter Bread a Sweet and Colorful Update," 28 Feb. 2019 Gnats tend to be gray or black, while fruit flies range from light tan to reddish orange and brown. Natalie Schumann, Country Living, "How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies for Good," 9 May 2019 Dua Lipa Dua Lip appeared to take a cue from the rich browns often associated with the fall season for her beauty routine. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "AMAs 2018: See the Best Red Carpet Beauty Looks," 10 Oct. 2018 The shapes, the browns and reds, harmonize in a way. Thomas Gebremedhin, WSJ, "Deana Lawson’s Portraits of Everyday Black Life," 19 Sep. 2018 The brown also can be seen in the southwestern part of Lake Pontchartrain, where sediment-rich freshwater continues to seep through the wooden pins of the Bonnet Carre Spillway. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "Missing boot: Satellite image shows eroding Louisiana coastline," 3 May 2018 Heat remaining tablespoon oil in medium skillet on medium. Pat fish dry and season with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook, skin side down, until skin is crisp and golden brown, about 7 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Striped Bass with Radish Salsa Verde," 2 May 2019 Cook on medium until skin is deep brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Crispy Mustard Chicken with Spring Potato Salad," 29 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Sear duck halves on all sides until evenly browned. Claire Perez, sun-sentinel.com, "Sage French Café demystifies crispy duck," 7 June 2019 The seasoned pieces of chicken are browned in the pot first, just long enough to pick up color, and then they are returned to infuse the rice-vegetable mixture with their own goodness. Bonnie S. Benwick, Washington Post, "This one-pot chicken and rice delivers a lot of comfort, and a little kick," 4 June 2019 In batches, drop batter by tablespoonfuls into pan and cook until browned, about 1 minute. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Egg Salad Blini Bites," 8 Mar. 2019 Gently add dumplings to skillet and let cook, undisturbed, until browned, 5 minutes. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "The Secret to This Dish's Deep Flavor," 18 Oct. 2018 Turn and cook the other side for 2 minutes, or until browned. Lisa Zwirn, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Sliced sirloin steak on greens is garnished with caramelized onions and balsamic dressing," 9 Apr. 2018 Stir in chicken and cook 5 minutes, or until browned. Atlanta Life, ajc, "7 Day Menu Planner," 9 Mar. 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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