Definition of brown in English:
- Everything about it - the taste, the rich dark brown colour, the scent - was wonderful.
- The décor was navy blue, gold and dark brown wood, and the place almost looked like the inside of a ship.
- Ilaria was no longer a blue lush world but a dark yellow and brown wasteland.
- He was tall with longish black hair swept out of his eyes, and sun tanned brown skin.
- The sun just made her brown skin glow even more clearly, making me jealous as hell.
- I was here in Toronto for like four hours and my light brown skin had that sun kissed look.
- That same fall, Celeste started talking about "brown people."
- By the 19th century, the notion of a single "brown people" was being overthrown.
- n 1950s (and later) South Africa the "brown people" were the Coloureds, who were largely, and erroneously, believed to have been the production of black-white sexual union out of wedlock.
- Ann ordered a local free-range egg and cress sandwich in a soft brown roll, with side salad.
- Eaten with home-made Branston-style pickle and an abundant supply of delightful olive, nut and fociaccia bread plus crunchy brown rolls, this got the gastric juices flowing.
- All I ask for to see me through the day is a nice piece of ripe brie, a crusty brown roll and a glass or two of a not-too-dry white.
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- The area of low-lying swamp or marsh, as revealed through archaeology, is shown in brown.
- Vertebrate genes are shown in brown, invertebrates in red, plants in green, and fungi in blue.
- The opposite trend is shown in brown, where residents tend to buy new, not used.
- This seems to be a regular feature; why they don't just do away with green and play in brown, the natural colour of the Borders in winter, remains a mystery.
- There she was, coming up the platform towards me at Runcorn, all in brown, with fluttering eyelashes.
- The new guest was followed closely by a puny boy in puke - green and two heavy bumbling guys in brown.
- However, the teenager held his nerve in the decider, Cooper requiring snookers on the brown when 73-49 down.
- Watkinson took green but left an easy brown while attempting a snooker, for Ventress to go further ahead 57-29.
- But the initiative was handed back to him after Dott snookered himself on the brown after potting the green and he was able to nick the frame.
- A similar species is the Meadow Brown, especially in the female sex, which likes to rest with closed wings however, especially the far less active females.
- The Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus) sometimes called the Hedge Brown is a common butterfly in the United Kingdom.
- As indicated by its alternate name, the gatekeeper butterfly prefers the habitat of meadow margins and hedges; field gates are often in such locations, and thus the Gatekeeper can be found much more frequently in such locations than the Meadow Brown for example.
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- Sprinkle with cheese and bake 5 more minutes or until cheese has slightly browned.
- Squash the mixture down with a palette knife and cook till the bottom has browned and crisped in the butter.
- Spread out in pan and sauté over moderate heat for about four to five minutes, until bottom has crusted and browned.
(as) brown as a berry
- (Of a person) very suntanned: she’d lost her pale, city complexion and become as brown as a berryMore example sentences
- With luck I'll be brown as a berry once more by the end of the summer.
- I am sure you will have the holiday of a lifetime and come back to the town looking brown as a berry.
- I am now as brown as a berry all in a short fortnight.
in a brown study
- see study.
be browned off
- British informal Be irritated or depressed: they’re getting browned off with the overtimeMore example sentences
- The Colonel said that some of his men were browned off because there had been no opposition on the beaches.
- He was browned off too - bored out of his mind in a garden pond swimming round the same cement gnome every day.
- Well dear I suppose you'll be browned off with all that, but if you want to hear of more experiences let me know.
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- It seems to me that we can exhort and hope all we want to, but the imposition of blackness, brownness, yellowness or redness is not something an individual controls.
- This was all just prelude to the cloud of monkeys that not long after passed like a vast red-faced brownness through our little patch of blue sky.
- Cooking them to the right level of brownness was more difficult.
- Example sentences
- In the early 70s, the store converted to UPC readers, which I now think was rather ahead it of its time. It coincided with an utter browning of the store, though - brown and orange, orangish browns and browny oranges.
- Dylan goes up to a security guard and describes Janae to him - ‘She's about this high with browny blondish hair.’
- Rudbeckia Goldquelle is a double-flowered species with bushy growth and mid yellow blooms from July to September while the unusual Rudbeckia mollis has hairy leaves and a browny green cone.
In Old English brown simply meant ‘dark’. It acquired its modern sense in Middle English. The idea of darkness developed into a further sense of ‘gloomy or serious’, and this is the sense that occurs in the 16th-century phrase a brown study, ‘absorbed in one's thoughts’. The use of ‘study’ is puzzling to us today. It is not a room for working in, but a state of daydreaming or meditation, a meaning long out of use in English. See also auburn, baize
Words that rhyme with brownBrowne, clown, crown, down, downtown, drown, frown, gown, low-down, noun, renown, run-down, town, upside-down, uptown
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