flax·​en | \ ˈflak-sən How to pronounce flaxen (audio) \

Definition of flaxen

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

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Examples of flaxen in a Sentence

fields of flaxen wheat waving in the wind
Recent Examples on the Web In it, Strange is walking down the street when suddenly there’s a flaxen-haired woman standing in front of him looking a bit aggressive. Erik Kain, Forbes, 6 May 2022 In popular imagination, Vikings were robust, flaxen-haired Scandinavian warriors who plundered the coastlines of northern Europe in sleek wooden battleships. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, 16 Sep. 2020 The flaxen-haired family, headed by mom Kim and dad Barry, has a couple of unique rules, from no television to no soda or ice cream. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, 8 Dec. 2019 This isn't the first time the record-breaker has gone all but completely flaxen. Marci Robin, Allure, 21 July 2019 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, 16 Nov. 2018 Their son, Jaxon, now 2½, is a sweet, lively, flaxen-haired boy. Jennifer Egan, New York Times, 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, 12 Oct. 2017 The pale, flaxen-haired de Libran makes the comparison to a fairy-tale princess almost inevitable. Joshua Levine, WSJ, 19 Aug. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of flaxen

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 May 2022

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“Flaxen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flaxen. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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flax·​en | \ ˈflak-sən How to pronounce flaxen (audio) \

Kids Definition of flaxen

: having a light yellow color flaxen hair

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