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auburn1

Syllabification: au·burn
Pronunciation: /ˈôbərn
 
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adjective

(Chiefly of a person’s hair) of a reddish-brown color.
Example sentences
  • Her long auburn hair was the same colour as Tanya's, but Tanya keeps hers up in a ponytail.
  • She was striking to look at - auburn hair, bright-blue eyes, high cheekbones and a great figure.
  • It was the image of a man with blue eyes, receding auburn hair above the temples and small, thin lips.
Synonyms
reddish-brown, red-brown, Titian (red), tawny, russet, chestnut, copper, coppery, rufous, rust

noun

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A reddish-brown color.
Example sentences
  • He had black-brown hair coming to just slightly above his ears, half-dyed a tint of auburn.
  • Every shade of auburn, russet and tan shone through and seemed to make him look almost angelic.
  • In the dark, it was hard to tell what color his hair was, but her memory painted it a warm, red auburn.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French auborne, alborne, from Latin alburnus 'whitish', from albus 'white'. The original sense was 'yellowish white', but the word became associated with brown because in the 16th and 17th centuries it was often written abrune or abroun.

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Auburn2

Syllabification: Au·burn
Pronunciation: /ˈôbərn
 
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1An academic city in eastern Alabama, home to Auburn University; population 56,088 (est. 2008).
2An industrial city in southwestern Maine, on the Androscoggin River, across from Lewiston; population 23,177 (est. 2008).
3An industrial and commercial city in west central New York, on Owasco Lake; population 27,138 (est. 2008).
4An industrial city in west central Washington; population 55,426 (est. 2008).

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