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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fields of flaxen wheat waving in the wind
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Scientists raid DNA to explore Vikings’ genetic roots," 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, "What Religion Are The Plaths On TLC's 'Welcome to Plathville?'," 8 Dec. 2019 This isn't the first time the record-breaker has gone all but completely flaxen. Marci Robin, Allure, "Serena Williams Just Went From Ombré to Full-Blown Blonde Hair," 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, "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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“Flaxen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flaxen. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of flaxen

literary : having a pale yellow color


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

Kids Definition of flaxen

: having a light yellow color flaxen hair

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