brown

adjective
\ ˈbrau̇n How to pronounce brown (audio) \

Definition of brown

 (Entry 1 of 10)

1a : having the color of wood or chocolate especially : of the color brown (see brown entry 2 sense 1) a brown cow brown eyes and hair as brown as the oak leaves
b : having dark or tanned skin Their hands and faces were brown from long days in the sun.
2 or less commonly Brown : of or relating to any of various population groups considered as having medium pigmentation of the skin Black and brown Americans

brown

noun

Definition of brown (Entry 2 of 10)

1 : any of a group of colors between red and yellow in hue, of medium to low lightness, and of moderate to low saturation
2 browns or less commonly Browns plural : people belonging to any of various population groups considered as having medium pigmentation of the skin

Note: The plural noun browns is mostly used in phrases referring to multiple population groups, as in "policies that disproportionately affect Blacks and browns."

brown

verb
browned; browning; browns

Definition of brown (Entry 3 of 10)

intransitive verb

: to become brown

transitive verb

: to make brown

Brown

biographical name (1)
\ ˈbrau̇n How to pronounce Brown (audio) \

Definition of Brown (Entry 4 of 10)

Charles Brockden 1771–1810 American novelist

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Definition of Brown (Entry 5 of 10)

Ford Mad*ox \ ˈma-​dəks How to pronounce Brown (audio) \ 1821–1893 English painter

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Definition of Brown (Entry 6 of 10)

George 1818–1880 Canadian (Scottish-born) journalist and politician

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Definition of Brown (Entry 7 of 10)

(James) Gordon 1951–     British prime minister (2007–10)

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Definition of Brown (Entry 8 of 10)

James (Joseph) 1933–2006 American singer and songwriter

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Definition of Brown (Entry 9 of 10)

John 1800–1859 Old Brown of Osawatomie \ ˌō-​sə-​ˈwä-​tə-​mē How to pronounce Brown (audio) \ American abolitionist

Brown

biographical name (7)

Definition of Brown (Entry 10 of 10)

Michael Stuart 1941–     American biochemist

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Other Words from brown

Noun

brownish \ ˈbrau̇-​nish How to pronounce Brown (audio) \ adjective
browny \ ˈbrau̇-​nē How to pronounce Brown (audio) \ adjective

Examples of brown in a Sentence

Adjective workers whose backs are brown from long hours in the sun Noun The room was decorated in brown. a mix of browns and reds Verb Brown the chicken in a pan with butter. Her skin was browned by the sun. The chicken is browning in the oven.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Looking uncharacteristically low-key, J.Lo went with an all-black ensemble for the occasion, wearing a matching sweater dress and knee-high boots, and accessorizing with a Valentino purse, dark-brown sunglasses, and her signature gold hoop earrings. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 4 Oct. 2021 There are several dozen distinct varieties, including the European pale yellow type popular in the US, as well as black, dark brown, and reddish chickpeas. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, 4 Oct. 2021 Then, simply cook over medium heat until the bread is golden-brown and warm, 3–5 minutes. Hannah Jeon, Good Housekeeping, 4 Oct. 2021 Black, brown, Indigenous, East Asian and South Asian — all of us carry a burden of representation that renders our individual failures representative of the group. New York Times, 30 Sep. 2021 April Ryan and Errin Haines are just two of the many Black women journalists covering voting rights and other issues of importance to Black, brown, and other underrepresented communities. Richard Fowler, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 Eventually, a winter storm pushed the carcass up toward Jane's house, swaddling it in seaweed, so that its melon head poked out of the green-brown shroud. Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2021 Toast the bread until crispy and there’s golden, golden-brown and some light char (uneven toasting is basically OK here), about 5-7 minutes. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Sep. 2021 Bake until deeply golden brown and crisp, 12 to 14 minutes. Beth Segal, cleveland, 23 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Place scone wedges on the baking sheet and bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 2 Oct. 2021 Rotate skillet for even baking, and bake another 5-10 minutes and until golden brown on top. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Sep. 2021 Add the chicken, skin-side down, and cook, flipping halfway through, until golden brown on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Adina Steiman, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2021 Cook until golden brown and then let rest on a cooling rack over a sheet pan covered with paper towels or parchment paper. Abigail Abesamis Demarest, Forbes, 25 Sep. 2021 Bake, rotating the pan once, until golden brown on the edges, 25 to 27 minutes. Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Sep. 2021 Bake in preheated oven 30 to 35 minutes, until golden brown. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Aug. 2021 Bake for another 15 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown. Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2021 Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown and puffed around the edges. Star Tribune, 30 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And a person may brown bag any type of alcohol to a private party. Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Sep. 2021 Brush just a tiny bit of oil evenly over food, and the food will brown evenly. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2021 In a matter of minutes, the sauce will bubble and the cheese will brown. Ali Slagle, Bon Appétit, 14 Sep. 2021 Add 1 tablespoon of the achiote or canola oil to the pot and brown the chicken on all sides, about 10 minutes. Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2021 Season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally until onion is translucent and starts to brown a little at the edges, 3 to 5 minutes. Beth Segal, cleveland, 11 Mar. 2021 Season with a sprinkle of salt and cook for 12-15 minutes, or until the onions have started to reduce and brown on both sides. SELF, 5 Aug. 2021 Stir to coat and remove from the heat; do not brown. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 26 July 2021 Broil 4 to 5 inches from the heat for several minutes to heat through and brown the crumbs. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 26 July 2021

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First Known Use of brown

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for brown

Adjective

Middle English broun, from Old English brūn; akin to Old High German brūn brown, Greek phrynē toad

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The first known use of brown was in the 14th century

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7 Oct 2021

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“Brown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brown. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for brown

brown

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of brown

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: having a color like coffee or chocolate
: having dark or tanned skin

brown

noun

English Language Learners Definition of brown (Entry 2 of 3)

: a color like the color of coffee or chocolate

brown

verb

English Language Learners Definition of brown (Entry 3 of 3)

: to make (something) brown or to become brown especially by cooking or heating

brown

adjective
\ ˈbrau̇n How to pronounce brown (audio) \

Kids Definition of brown

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : of the color of chocolate : colored brown
2 : of or relating to any of various groups of people having medium to dark pigmentation of the skin
3 : having a tanned complexion

brown

noun

Kids Definition of brown (Entry 2 of 3)

: a color like that of chocolate

Other Words from brown

brownish \ ˈbrau̇-​nish \ adjective

brown

verb
browned; browning

Kids Definition of brown (Entry 3 of 3)

: to make or become brown The bread was nicely browned by the oven.

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