Definition of sienna in English:


Line breaks: si¦enna
Pronunciation: /sɪˈɛnə


[mass noun]
1A kind of ferruginous earth used as a pigment in painting, normally yellowish-brown in colour ( raw sienna) or deep reddish-brown when roasted ( burnt sienna).
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  • Natural ochres, siennas, and umbers are found in a range of colours from red, orange, yellow, and brown to virtually black.
  • In the middle of the zone, where it narrowed to less than a kilometre near Byumba, I spotted soldiers swarming around the rich sienna of freshly turned mounds of earth; they were like giant anthills bracketing the city on both flanks.
1.1A yellowish- or deep-reddish brown colour.
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  • Avoid big, bulky sweaters and select thin knits (with no wild life embellishments, please) in warm dark hues like eggplant, sienna, or olive and wear them out over your jeans.
  • He also extended his gamut of colours to include umbers and siennas; transparent oxides as well.
  • Each animal is shown completely isolated, without context or even a horizon line, while the siennas, ochers and blacks of the scorches make for forms that pop out from the bare backgrounds.


late 18th century: from Italian (terra di) Sienna '(earth of) Siena'.

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