bru·​nette | \ brü-ˈnet How to pronounce brunette (audio) \
variants: or less commonly brunet

Definition of brunette

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person having brown hair usually used of a woman or girl and usually spelled brunette in that use when used of a man or boy usually spelled brunet


variants: or less commonly brunet

Definition of brunette (Entry 2 of 2)

: of a dark brown color brunette hair also : having brunette hair a brunette woman usually used of a woman or girl and usually spelled brunette in that use when used of a man or boy usually spelled brunet

Synonyms & Antonyms for brunette

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of brunette in a Sentence

Adjective a brunette woman who favored dark red lipstick
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There’s a new mascot on the game’s cover, too: the brunet Ms. Monopoly, niece of the dapper, top-hat-wearing Mr. Monopoly (also known as Rich Uncle Pennybags). Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2019 The petite, brown-eyed brunet, a talented dancer since childhood, was already a familiar face on stage and film. Scott Harrison,, 12 July 2019 Ruth and Debbie could be just two odd-couple sides of the same coin, the brunet craftsman with highbrow directorial aspirations and her blond producer pal working cocktail meetings with slithery moneymen. Darren Franich,, 19 July 2019 The first models, which were blond and brunet, flew off the shelves when they were released in 1959, despite warnings from her male colleagues that a doll with breasts would never sell. Lorraine Ali,, 27 Apr. 2018 Now, however, Niall is officially a full brunet, as proven by his appearance this week at an event in London. Eliza Thompson, Seventeen, 27 Jan. 2017 The women in his life run the gamut: blond, brunet, young, old, underdressed, undressed, sane and rather less so. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 17 Mar. 2016 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Vallée, barely 24, with a helmet of brunet hair, would serve as Hynek’s unofficial aide-de-camp. Chantel Tattoli, Wired, 18 Feb. 2022 Think of a brunet soap hunk smouldering in a vertical stripe, which partially covers a bottle of frothing champagne. Laurence Scott, Wired, 11 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of brunette


circa 1539, in the meaning defined above


1709, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brunette


French brunet, masculine, brunette, feminine, brownish, from Old French, from brun brown, from Medieval Latin brunus, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German brūn brown

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“Brunette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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