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

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, "Ms. Monopoly is here. Psst: A woman invented the game in the first place," 10 Sep. 2019 The petite, brown-eyed brunet, a talented dancer since childhood, was already a familiar face on stage and film. Scott Harrison,, "From the Archives: Standard Airlines crash survivor Caren Marsh-Doll keeps dancing," 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,, "GLOW's Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin are one of the best TV duos of the decade — here's why," 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,, "The creators of 'Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie' on remaking America's doll just before #MeToo," 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, "Niall Horan Finally Becomes the Brunette He Was Born to Be," 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, "Movie Review: ‘My Golden Days’," 17 Mar. 2016

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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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The first known use of brunette was circa 1539

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“Brunette.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of brunette

: a person who has brown or black hair

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not to be intimidated or subdued

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