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

Bake carrots in batches, rotating positions of pans halfway through, until cookies are light brown around the edges, 10 to 12 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Carrot Cookie Cake," 7 Mar. 2019 This limited edition version of the Beoplay P2 will, naturally, be brown and have a Brown Bear charm attached to it. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Bang & Olufsen made a Brown Bear speaker inspired by a Line Friends character," 28 Sep. 2018 Then the entire leaf can turn brown and wither as its tissue dies. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Brown leaves in summer probably signal scorched plants," 11 July 2018 The potatoes should be dark brown and the peppers should be blistered and soft. Robin Currie, Philly.com, "Bring the tapas bar home with 'Boqueria'," 5 July 2018 Continue to grill, turning and brushing with glaze every 2 minutes, until ribs are dark brown and nicely lacquered on both sides with some charred spots, about 5 minutes total (smaller end of rack will be done first). Carla Lalli Music, Bon Appetit, "Instant Pot Glazed and Grilled Ribs," 25 June 2018 All of the leaves above the lesions soon wilt and turn brown. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, "Once vincas succumb to fungus, that bed is dead to them," 22 June 2018 About 30 minutes into cooking, the outside of the meat loaf should be brown. Emily Foxhall, Houston Chronicle, "Recipe: Betty Oglesbee's meatloaf," 20 June 2018 His hair is brown and thick and full, but not for much longer. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Mayor Hogsett, Little League players, even grandmothers go bald to honor Jack Klein," 2 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Place sheets in oven, then reduce oven temp to 350°F and bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until puffed and golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Coconut Cream Éclairs," 7 Mar. 2019 Set over medium-high heat and cook until skin is golden brown underneath, 8–10 minutes. Andy Baraghani, Bon Appetit, "Hot Honey Chicken Thighs with Fried Bread," 19 Mar. 2018 The rich chocolate brown with subtle golden highlights was for a shoot with Byrdie mag, but the look is perfect for winter. Kara Mcgrath, Seventeen, "Ashley Benson Goes Mega Dark! Which Hair Color Do You Like Best On The PLL Star?," 21 Jan. 2014 Bake for 45 minutes to one hour, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Sawyer’s Julio Avila re-imagines his grandmother’s beloved tres leches cake recipe — with an extra burst of ‘milk’," 29 Jan. 2019 Over the years, her hair has covered the spectrum from light chestnut with bits of golden highlights to ultra-dark chocolate brown. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie Just Got a Post-Wedding Hair Makeover," 12 Dec. 2018 My mom bought covers in white, cream, and arctic blue and uses them interchangeably throughout the house, but this particular collection also comes in gray, navy, chocolate brown, sage, and taupe — among other colors. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "I Am Obsessed With This $25 Duvet Cover From Amazon," 8 Aug. 2018 She's had nearly every single hair color in the book — pink, bright blonde, chocolate brown, and blue-black — and almost every style, as well. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "Kim Kardashian Just Debuted a Chic Blunt Bob Haircut," 29 July 2018 There are four matte and metallic eye pencils in shades: Immortal (bronze shimmer), Copper Foil (shimmery copper), Rustique (golden terra-cotta), and Cocoa (deep chocolate brown). Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "This Palette Was Made for Doing Makeup on the Go," 31 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Turn carefully and cook until the second sides are browned, the cheese is melted, and the mac ’n’ cheese is heated through, about 4 minutes longer. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen’s Mac ‘n’ Cheese Grilled Cheese," 12 Apr. 2018 Add chicken; cook until browned beneath, 4 minutes. Sunset, "Asparagus and White-Wine Chicken," 22 Jan. 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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