flax·​en | \ ˈflak-sən \

Definition of flaxen

1 : made of flax
2 : resembling flax especially in pale soft strawy color flaxen hair

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Synonyms for flaxen


blond (or blonde), fair, golden, sandy, straw, tawny

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Examples of flaxen in a Sentence

fields of flaxen wheat waving in the wind

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Its owner, George Gorrow, is a fashion-industry veteran and flaxen-haired Thor ringer who curates the lobby art gallery and boutique selling his minimalistic streetwear. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 16 Nov. 2018 Their son, Jaxon, now 2½, is a sweet, lively, flaxen-haired boy. Jennifer Egan, New York Times, "Children of the Opioid Epidemic," 9 May 2018 Krauss’ loose, flaxen waves and smoky eye shadow were, in fact, left over from a Randy Travis tribute show the night before. Jewly Hight, idahostatesman, "Alison Krauss brings vintage country sound to Boise concert," 12 Oct. 2017 The pale, flaxen-haired de Libran makes the comparison to a fairy-tale princess almost inevitable. Joshua Levine, WSJ, "How Sonia Rykiel’s Artistic Director is Earning Her Stripes," 19 Aug. 2017 Ms. Krauss’s loose, flaxen waves and smoky eye shadow were, in fact, left over from a Randy Travis tribute show at Bridgestone Arena the night before. Jewly Hight, New York Times, "Alison Krauss: Vintage Country. Modern Self-Awareness.," 17 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of flaxen

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of flaxen

: having a pale yellow color


flax·​en | \ ˈflak-sən \

Kids Definition of flaxen

: having a light yellow color flaxen hair

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