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Definition of sienna

: an earthy substance containing oxides of iron and usually of manganese that is brownish yellow when raw and orange red or reddish brown when burnt and is used as a pigment

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Recent Examples on the Web Prince was wearing a loose-fitting top in a heathered sienna, with matching pants, a green vest, and a pair of beaded necklaces. Dan Piepenbring, The New Yorker, "The Book of Prince," 2 Sep. 2019 His palette ran to burnt umber, yellow ocher, burnt sienna, olive green. Los Angeles Times, "Judy Chicago says, ‘I was being erased’ from Southern California art history," 6 Sep. 2019 Think scarlet, peach, pink, amber, sienna, and gold versus cooler teal, eggplant, emerald, aqua, and cobalt. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Use Warm Colors in Your Home, According to Interior Designers," 25 July 2019 The sofa releases hints of cinnamon and orange fragrances and is available in burnt sienna and copper green. Olivia Rassow, ELLE Decor, "Is This The Craziest Summer Seating You've Ever Seen?," 3 July 2014 But this collection remained firmly masculine in its unfussy shapes, boxy silhouettes and simple color palette of sienna, blue gray, stone and white. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Olympic spectacle upstages menswear Fashion Week in Paris," 23 June 2017 They were rendered thoughtfully in tonal colors such as ochre, sienna, dull green, chestnut and cadmium yellow. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Louis Vuitton channels escapism at sweltering Paris menswear," 22 June 2017 In a matchbox-size studio on the third floor of a building in East Harlem, Paola Mathé unfolds a sienna and black printed scarf. Tariro Mzezewa, New York Times, "Turning a Cover-Up Into a Coveted Accessory," 21 Mar. 2017 Add the meringue to the top of the pie and bake an additional 15 minutes, until the waves of meringue take on tones of sienna. Amy Brothers, The Denver Post, "Sunny citrus, at its peak right now, brightens the winter diet," 1 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of sienna

1787, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sienna

Italian terra di Siena, literally, Siena earth, from Siena, Italy

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The first known use of sienna was in 1787

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“Sienna.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sienna

: a brownish-yellow color
: a reddish-brown color

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