Definition of brindle in English:


Line breaks: brin¦dle
Pronunciation: /ˈbrɪnd(ə)l


[mass noun]
  • 1A brownish or tawny colour of animal fur, with streaks of other colour: coat colours included red, brindle, and yellowish cream
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    • The hounds were black, red, silver-grey and brindle, tall and narrow, with tapered muzzles and dark narrow eyes.
    • Their short, close-lying coats most often occur in one color, fawn, or in one pattern, brindle.
    • The classic color is fawn with a black mask, but the breed also comes in pinto, white and brindle.
  • 1.1 [count noun] An animal with a brindle coat: he is hoping the speedy brindle can retain the cup
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    • On these brindles you will find good, strong stripes on one side and very light makings on the other.
    • In breeding blue merles to brindles the only colors that really suffer will be the reds and brindles.
    • Most brindles appear striped, although some only have different shades of brown that seem more patchy.


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late 17th century: back-formation from brindled, alteration of Middle English brinded, probably of Scandinavian origin.

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