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

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 During the weekdays, the duo attended a school that required uniforms, but Suzzie always tried to push the envelope, wearing neon socks under the school’s required black or brown socks and often donning a glittery, pink scrunchie. Teen Vogue, "YanYan Makes A Case For Wearing Knits In The Summer," 30 May 2019 There were so many black and brown bodies attached to it. Vogue, "Inside Leyna Bloom’s History-Making Cannes Experience," 24 May 2019 Are the other brown kids who speak their native language 'showing off'? Cody Charles, Teen Vogue, "College Advice for Students of Marginalized Identities," 21 Nov. 2018 Even now with sun block my skin will still turn tan brown. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Jessie James Decker gets slammed on Instagram over her daughter's tan," 4 July 2018 Add the green onion tops and cook, turning often, until the greens start to turn brown, 30 to 60 seconds. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018 Add the green onion tops and cook, turning often, until the greens start to turn brown, 30 to 60 seconds. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "How to grill steak to perfection — it's all about controlling the heat," 5 June 2018 Some of the spray got on a Japanese maple and turned some leaves brown. Walter Reeves, ajc, "Fragrant elderberry flowers make delicious tea," 30 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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