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

He is described as in his early 20s, between 5-foot, 10-inches and 6 feet tall with brown hair. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Police searching for man who approached children in forest preserve near Niles and Morton Grove," 16 July 2019 Don’t forget to look up at the ceiling for any signs of discoloration; brown spots could be water stains from a leaky pipe. Jessica Levy, The Courier-Journal, "What you need to know about plumbing before buying a home," 15 July 2019 Then these translucent brown spots appeared on lilacs all over. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s what’s going on with those blotchy brown spots on your lilac bush," 12 July 2019 The state Supreme Court recently overturned the murder convictions of Shawn Henning and Ralph Birch based partly on the inaccurate testimony of Lee at their trials that a brown spot found on a towel was human blood. Dave Altimari, courant.com, "Under fire, Henry Lee stands by his forensic work in Darien murder conviction, calls for commission to be established to review questionable cases," 11 July 2019 Historically, the media hasn’t been kind or even fair to brown faces. Dr. Britten Cole, PEOPLE.com, "Dr. Britten Cole's Blog: The Real Reason I Chose to Be on Reality TV," 28 June 2019 Boxwood blight produces dark brown leaf spots and causes rapid defoliation that sometimes kills young boxwoods. USA TODAY, "Arthur Ashe, missing Marilyn, pacifier-eating pup: News from around our 50 states," 21 June 2019 Archaeologists also recently explained the strange brown spots on some of the paintings in King Tutankhamun’s tomb. Fox News, "Ancient Egyptian fortress built by Ramses II reveals its secrets," 15 June 2019 The fungus appears as brown spots on leaves until all foliage dries up and drops. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "20 Best Boxwood Shrubs to Plant in Your Garden," 14 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Fry, turning once, until golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes per side. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Fried Pickles With Buttermilk Ranch," 17 June 2019 Bake, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: Make a special dessert for Dad on his special day," 12 June 2019 Add the corn and cook, stirring frequently until golden brown, about 6 minutes. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Lima Bean and Roasted Corn Succotash," 12 June 2019 Return oil to pan, add shallot and gradually fry until golden brown, about 6 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Crispy Garlic Chile Oil," 7 June 2019 Place artichokes in pan, cut sides down, and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Lemony Artichoke Linguine with Olives," 29 Apr. 2019 Fry chicken, turning halfway through, until golden brown, about 6 minutes. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "The Greatest New Year’s Menus on the Planet (at Least We Think So)," 26 Dec. 2018 Add 1 tablespoon oil, then mushrooms; season with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook, tossing twice, until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes; transfer to a plate. Reduce heat to medium and add remaining tablespoon oil to skillet. Redbook Test Kitchen, Redbook, "Seared Chicken with Cheesy Spinach and Mushrooms," 20 Aug. 2018 Lightly butter each bun and toast until golden brown. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pulled chicken BBQ on a toasted bun," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Add the onion and the garlic (to taste, if using) and cook, stirring a lot, until fragrant and soft, but not browned at all, about 4 minutes. Martha Holmberg, Washington Post, "Anytime you want use up a lot of tender herbs, make this easy rice," 5 July 2019 Cover tightly with aluminum foil; bake (middle rack) for 20 minutes, then uncover and continue to bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or just until some browned spots appear. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Denver Post, "Fire up your summer with recipes from the season’s new grilling cookbooks," 24 June 2019 The high-quality jumbo scallops didn’t have a proper crust, browned but soft. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Review: The Terrace Grill at the Dalmar in Fort Lauderdale is a good-looking disappointment," 20 June 2019 California experienced a very wet winter and spring, and even vast areas that were scorched earth after last year's wildfires now have new head-high brush that is rapidly browning as summer approaches. Fox News, "California utility proactively cuts power because of weather," 9 June 2019 Acrylamide is formed when foods are browned during roasting, frying, searing, baking, or otherwise heating over 120° Celsius. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "The secretive nonprofit that made millions suing companies over cancer warnings," 6 June 2019 Aged gouda, browned butter and toasted sunflower seeds complement the nutty flavor. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "A Risotto Recipe That Never Fails," 17 May 2019 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

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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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