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


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variants or less commonly brunet
: 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 two of the kids were brunette like their mom
Recent Examples on the Web
The Arctic Fox Hair Color is designed to transform a range of colors, including medium and light brunette hair. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Lester Cohen/Getty Images Del Rey's beautiful brunette shade and subsequent shine were courtesy of OLAPLEX Global Ambassador and celebrity colorist Jacob Schwartz. Danielle Sinay, Glamour, 5 Feb. 2024 Clearly not ready to return to her usual deep brunette yet, Fox attended the Jam for Janie Grammy Awards viewing party on Sunday, February 4, with the prettiest new pastel pink hair color. Marci Robin, Allure, 5 Feb. 2024 Heidi Klum and Joan Collins are settling an age-old debate — do blondes have more fun than brunettes? Esme Mazzeo, Peoplemag, 4 Feb. 2024 However, the Chanel ambassador was instantly recognizable with her brunette hair and strong eyebrows. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 23 Jan. 2024 Selena Gomez cut her brunette lengths into a sleek midi-bob in the second week of January. Hannah Coates, Vogue, 18 Jan. 2024 Aside from the flattering, volume-boosting cut, her all-over color is also bang on trend, with brunette tones becoming increasingly popular over the past few months. María Quiles, Vogue, 13 Jan. 2024 Rocking a coordinating outfit complete with a matching brunette bowl-cut wig and dark sunglasses, McConaughey, 54, emerged from behind the curtain to thunderous applause from the studio audience — and didn't hold back on busting out his own moves. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 12 Jan. 2024
On the other hand the Kale of Finland looked to be brunette Europeans. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 19 Sep. 2010 This combo of smoky, brunette, and purple hues is so cool. Mary Shannon Wells, Southern Living, 13 Dec. 2023 Barbie’s boyfriend typically has a golden or brunette head of hair, but the platinum blonde was specifically chosen for this cinematic version of Ken for a few reasons. Kirbie Johnson, Allure, 28 July 2023 Cyrus was last photographed at an event in Beverly Hills on April 23 though, newly brunette: Stefanie Keenan//Getty Images Despite Cyrus not walking the carpet, 2023 has been one of her biggest years in her career. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 2 May 2023 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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Word History



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

First Known Use


circa 1539, in the meaning defined above


1709, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brunette was circa 1539

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“Brunette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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