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The Definition of - brown (noun)

    a dark tertiary color with a yellowish or reddish hue.
    Offensive. a person whose skin has a light- or dark-brown pigmentation.
    adjective, browner, brownest.
    of the color brown.
    (of animals) having skin, fur, hair, or feathers of that color.
    sunburned or tanned.
    Often Offensive. (of human beings) having the skin naturally pigmented a brown color.
    verb (used with or without object)
    to make or become brown.
    to fry, sauté, or scorch slightly in cooking:
    to brown onions before adding them to the stew. The potatoes browned in the pan.
    Verb phrases
    brown out, to subject to a brownout:
    The power failure browned out the southern half of the state.
    browned off, Slang. angry; fed up.
    do it up brown, Informal. to do thoroughly:
    When they entertain, they really do it up brown.

Word Example of - brown

    Example Sentences for brown

    Vain postulate it often seems, yet of all life Brown demanded it.

    The calyx is cut from lemon wax, shaded green and also brown.

    You look just like a seal with your sleek head and your brown eyes.

    He does not always wear a black suit; sometimes he puts on a brown one.

    "He and Brown seem to be pretty thick," was Randy's comment.

    The colour is between olive, brown, and bronze,—somewhat like that of the mulatto.

    Two warriors had left the lodge of Brown Mink and were crossing the pen.

    The tips of these crest-feathers are tinged with brown and yellow.

    Then we got together, without further ceremony, in the brown room.

    Brown remained in his place; but he would not travel with me.

Word Origin & History of - brown

    Word Origin & History

    brown O.E. brun "dark, dusky," only developing a definite color sense 13c., from P.Gmc. *brunaz (cf. O.N. brunn, Dan. brun, O.Fris., O.H.G. brun, Du. bruin, Ger. braun), from PIE *bher- (3) "shining, brown" (cf. Lith. beras "brown"), related to *bheros "dark animal" (cf. beaver, bear (n.), and Gk. phrynos "toad," lit. "the brown animal"). The O.E. word also had a sense of "brightness, shining," now preserved only in burnish. The Gmc. word was adopted into Romanic (cf. M.L. brunus, It., Sp. bruno, Fr. brun). Brown-bag (v.) "to bring lunch or liquor in a brown paper bag" is from 1960s. Brown Bess, ...slang name for old British Army flintlock musket, first recorded 1785.

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