si·​en·​na | \ sē-ˈe-nə How to pronounce sienna (audio) \

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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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 In 2003, Crayola bid goodbye to blizzard blue, magic mint, mulberry and teal -- though amid a hue and cry, fans were able to rescue burnt sienna. Melissa Gray, CNN, "Crayola opens colorful contest for new crayon shade," 1 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of sienna

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

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