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brown

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adjective \ ˈbrau̇n \

Definition of brown

:of the color brown; especially :of dark or tanned complexion

Examples of brown in a Sentence

  1. workers whose backs are brown from long hours in the sun

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Origin and Etymology of brown

Middle English broun, from Old English brūn; akin to Old High German brūn brown, Greek phrynē toad


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brown

noun

Definition of brown

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

brownish

play \ˈbrau̇-nish\ adjective

browny

play \-nē\ adjective

Examples of brown in a Sentence

  1. The room was decorated in brown.

  2. a mix of browns and reds

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First Known Use of brown

14th century


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brown

verb

Definition of brown

intransitive verb
:to become brown
transitive verb
:to make brown

Examples of brown in a Sentence

  1. Brown the chicken in a pan with butter.

  2. Her skin was browned by the sun.

  3. The chicken is browning in the oven.

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First Known Use of brown

14th century


Brown

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biographical name \ ˈbrau̇n \

Definition of Brown

Charles Brockden 1771–1810 American novelist

Brown

biographical name

Definition of Brown

Ford Mad*ox play \ˈma-dəks\ 1821–1893 English painter

Brown

biographical name

Definition of Brown

George 1818–1880 Canadian (Scottish-born) journalist and politician

Brown

biographical name

Definition of Brown

(James) Gordon 1951–     British prime minister (2007–10)

Brown

biographical name

Definition of Brown

James (Joseph) 1933–2006 American singer and songwriter

Brown

biographical name

Definition of Brown

John 1800–1859 Old Brown of Osa*wat*o*mie play \ˌō-sə-ˈwä-tə-mē\ American abolitionist

Brown

biographical name

Definition of Brown

Michael Stuart 1941–     American biochemist


BROWN Defined for English Language Learners

brown

play
adjective

Definition of brown for English Language Learners

  • : having a color like coffee or chocolate

  • : having dark or tanned skin


brown

noun

Definition of brown for English Language Learners

  • : a color like the color of coffee or chocolate


brown

verb

Definition of brown for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) brown or to become brown especially by cooking or heating


BROWN Defined for Kids

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brown

play
adjective \ ˈbrau̇n \

Definition of brown for Students

1 :of the color of coffee :colored brown
2 :having a dark or tanned complexion

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brown

noun

Definition of brown for Students

:a color like that of coffee or chocolate

brownish

\ˈbrau̇-nish\ adjective

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brown

verb

Definition of brown for Students

browned; browning
:to make or become brown
  • Her skin was browned by the sun.


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