brown

adjective
\ ˈbrau̇n \

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 \

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 \ 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 \ 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 \ adjective
browny \ ˈbrau̇-​nē \ 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

Today, Joan's first visit is with Jayme Reimann, a baby-faced 21-year-old with long brown hair and a warm smile. Tracy Saelinger, Woman's Day, "This Nurse Helps New Moms When They're Most Vulnerable," 8 Jan. 2019 Just make sure the Crain sisters all have long, glossy brown hair. Bethonie Butler, The Seattle Times, "8 last-minute pop-culture Halloween costumes for 2018," 29 Oct. 2018 This affordable pencil is the perfect combo of brown and red. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "The $12 Eyebrow Pencil Every Redhead Should Have in Her Makeup Bag," 19 Oct. 2018 Even today, 90 percent of the people arrested for marijuana offenses in New York are black or brown. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "How should we regulate facial recognition?," 29 Aug. 2018 Martin is 5 feet 3 inches, 150-160 lbs. with blue eyes, medium-length dark brown hair and has a tattoo of a sun on her left clavicle. PEOPLE.com, "Was a Missing College Grad's Decomposed Body Found in the Same Neighborhood She Vanished From?," 28 June 2018 Cote has blue eyes and brown hair, stands 5-foot-8, and weighs 190 pounds, police said. Abigail Feldman, BostonGlobe.com, "State police add man charged with child pornography to Most Wanted list," 26 June 2018 The collection then dove into shades of brown, green, colorful camouflage, red and neon. Kristin Larson, chicagotribune.com, "Chicagoan Virgil Abloh debuts first Louis Vuitton collection with support from Kanye, Kim Kardashian," 22 June 2018 Especially as a young woman who had this broad Australian accent and short brown hair, from Melbourne. Gab Ginsberg, Billboard, "Alex Lahey Talks Touring With Jimmy Eat World, Upcoming Album & All Things Australia," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Roast until Broccolini is tender and crisp at the edges and panko is golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes more. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Creamy Broccolini Pasta with Chile Breadcrumbs," 19 Dec. 2018 The brown of his shoes is distinct from the brownish-black of the wall behind him. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "How Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House uses color to underscore its horror," 26 Oct. 2018 Bake until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbling, about 1 hour for large pie, 45 minutes for small pies. Tiffani Thiessen, Good Housekeeping, "Creamy Chicken Potpies," 9 Oct. 2018 For each order, Kapur’s cooks sear slices of spam, baste them with tamari teriyaki and place the bubbling pans into the oven, where the sugar in the sauce browns down to a meaty crème brulee. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018 The container has a line right down the middle dividing the off-white vanilla from the chocolate brown. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Mixed-race family asks Blue Bell Ice Cream to change flavor name to be more inclusive," 21 June 2018 The boy was brought into the court by three tactical officers in green uniforms with black vests over the uniforms, different than the usual brown that sheriff's deputies wear. Mark Alesia, Indianapolis Star, "Student: Noblesville shooting suspect often joking in school," 11 June 2018 The muddy brown of his irises seemed to compress his pupils into slits. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award runner-up: "Lizard Lover" by Christine Vines," 2 June 2018 The browns have been feeding on small threadfin shad on the surface early and late in the day. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: The angling is good, from reports across the region | The Kansas City Star," 23 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Lower heat to medium, add chorizo and continue to cook mixture until chorizo has browned a bit. David Tanis, The Seattle Times, "A humble feast begins with lentils," 7 Jan. 2019 Bake until goat cheese starts to brown and kale begins to char, 8 to 12 minutes. Tiffani Thiessen, Good Housekeeping, "Spicy Sausage, Kale, and Goat Cheese Pizza," 9 Oct. 2018 Add chiles to oil, and stir-fry until some pieces begin to brown, about 30 seconds. Georgia Freedman, WSJ, "This Ingredient Makes Everything Better," 20 Sep. 2018 Add the onion and continue frying until the onion starts to brown. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "A yearning for Bootlegger Beans," 10 July 2018 Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until edges begin to brown. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Red, white and blue cookies are a patriotic and healthy treat for the holiday," 2 July 2018 Adjust the heat to medium, add the mushrooms and ½ teaspoon salt, toss to coat, and cook, stirring, until mushroom liquid has evaporated and the mushrooms begin to brown, about 8 minutes. BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Comforting old-fashioned chicken and spring peas for dinner," 9 June 2018 Grill ribs, turning several times and beginning to baste with remaining sauce as soon as ribs begin to brown, until charred and coated with a thick layer of glaze and heated through, 8–10 minutes. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "Grilled Pork Ribs with Gochujang Barbecue Sauce," 28 May 2018 Uncover and continue to cook until moisture has evaporated and mushrooms begin to brown. Daniel Neman, charlotteobserver, "Cooking for one doesn’t have to be a problem," 24 Apr. 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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browman

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brown alga

brown ash

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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 \

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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