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

Sandra is described as a 5-foot-9 white female with hazel eyes and brown hair. Andrea Cavallier, NBC News, "Family fears foul play involved in disappearance of grandmother missing 40 days from Massachusetts home," 16 Sep. 2019 Pacheco was described as a middle-aged white man with short, thinning brown hair, police said. BostonGlobe.com, "Officials charged a suspect in connection with the killing of a 30-year-old man Friday who was found dead in a wooded area in Worcester on Tuesday, according to Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.’s office.," 14 Sep. 2019 Brill is described as 5-foot-11, 218 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. Cincinnati.com, "A Middletown, Ohio, man with dementia is missing," 14 Sep. 2019 Those complicated female characters include Aniston as longtime Morning Show cohost Alex Levy and Witherspoon — sporting brown hair and a Southern accent — as West Virginia local news reporter Bradley Jackson. Samantha Highfill, EW.com, "Stream Queens: Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon on their TV reunion and how The Morning Show changed after #MeToo," 10 Sep. 2019 His brown hair is towel-dried, his face creased but somehow boyish; like there’s a kid inside him who won’t surrender. Los Angeles Times, "Cultural Divide: All 77 counties voted for Trump. These musicians are fighting to turn Oklahoma blue," 5 Sep. 2019 Blane Barksdale is described as 6 feet 5 inches tall, weighing about 265 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair, but his head is shaved. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "U.S. Marshals: New photos released of escaped Tucson murder suspects," 31 Aug. 2019 Police described Gabriella Harkness as about 5 feet 9 inches tall, 115 pounds, with brown hair. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Woman and 1-year-old daughter missing from Mill Creek reportedly found," 27 Aug. 2019 She is described as a white woman who is 5-6 and 165 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Amber Alert: 6-year-old Waxahachie boy is believed to be with non-custodial parent," 23 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

During a cocktail gathering at which each Roy sibling is assigned to talk up a member of the Pierce family, the camera pans out, revealing nothing but dull tones of camel, dusty rose, navy blue, brown, and off-white. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "Let’s Talk About the Clothes on “Succession”," 6 Sep. 2019 Shots of dough sizzling in a frypan and then being removed, golden brown, and drizzled with honey, convey the welcome delivery of a rare home comfort to a place where those are few. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'First Cow': Film Review | Telluride 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 Bake the pot pie at 400 degrees until the pastry is risen and golden brown, 30-40 minutes. ExpressNews.com, "Wednesday Recipe: Cast-Iron Chicken Pot Pie," 28 Aug. 2019 Roast until the cauliflower is tender and golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes, flipping halfway through. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Amanda Haas shares her signature recipes," 14 Sep. 2019 Set onto prepared baking sheet, then pipe on brown, red, and green Frankenstein faces. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Bewitching Candy Truffles," 13 Sep. 2019 That way the outside browns and crisps rather than steams. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Don’t want to mess up that big piece of meat you just bought? Enter the reverse sear.," 9 Sep. 2019 Add stew meat and onions and cook over medium heat until meat browns, about 5 minutes. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A little-known heirloom pepper has its own festival in Beaver Dam, where it arrived in America long ago," 3 Sep. 2019 Last month, Glendale police said someone smeared an unknown brown, sticky substance on the the statue. Mark Kellam, Glendale News-Press, "Musical centering on plights of comfort women, a topic with local significance, opens in Los Angeles," 16 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Schlutzkrapfen, half-moon pasta pockets akin to ravioli or pierogi, are generously filled with creamy potato and served with a glossy coat of browned butter and parsley. Danielle Bernabe, National Geographic, "Eat, drink, and herd cattle at this Austrian festival," 15 Sep. 2019 Once the butter has melted, place the dredged chicken into the pan and cook over medium heat until lightly browned all over, about 2 minutes per side. Carrie Knauer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carrie’s Kitchen: Year of the Apple continues with savory trio of recipes," 9 Sep. 2019 Sear until the bottoms are browned, about 2 minutes, then sprinkle with the cumin, mushroom powder, and a big pinch of salt. Los Angeles Times, "Vegan chilaquiles? They’re not just possible, they’re delicious," 29 July 2019 This dish can absolutely be done on the grill for your outdoor cooking pleasure, but the evenly flat surface of the short ribs lends itself to searing in a hot skillet (preferably cast iron), which gives you a deeply browned crust. Alison Roman, New York Times, "Short Ribs for Summer, Doused With Salsa," 15 July 2019 Arrange the polenta slices on the hot grate and grill until lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Daniel Neman, Twin Cities, "You can grill that? 6 new recipes to try this season," 4 July 2019 Cook, scraping up any browned bits with a wooden spoon, until liquid is reduced by half, 4 to 6 minutes; remove from heat. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Strip Steak With Lemon Mashed Potatoes," 15 Mar. 2019 Kinsley Hernandez and Kolby Hernandez are both 3-foot-3 inches, weigh 38 pounds, have brown hair and brown eyes. Jose R. Gonzalez, Houston Chronicle, "Amber Alert for two 3-year-olds from San Antonio," 15 Mar. 2018 Both children are African American and have brown hair. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Illinois Father Allegedly Takes Toddler Kids — and Is Wanted in Mother's Slaying," 15 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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