Definition of brown in English:


Syllabification: brown
Pronunciation: /broun


1Of a color produced by mixing red, yellow, and black, as of dark wood or rich soil: an old brown coat she had warm brown eyes
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  • 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.
1.1Dark-skinned or suntanned: his face was brown from the sun
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  • 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.
1.2(Of bread) made from a dark, unsifted, or unbleached flour.
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  • To lower costs, I use brown bread crumb as my base.
  • I chose a cold baked salmon salad with homemade coleslaw, potato salad and brown bread.
  • Apart from her brown bread her culinary skills were well appreciated.


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1Brown color or pigment: the brown of his eyes a pair of boots in brown the print is rich with velvety browns
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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.
1.1Brown clothes or material: a woman all in brown
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  • 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.


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Make or become brown, typically by cooking: [with object]: a skillet in which food has been browned [no object]: bake the pizza until the cheese has browned
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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.


Old English brūn, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bruin and German braun.


(as) brown as a berry

(Of a person) very suntanned.
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  • 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.

do something up brown

Do something thoroughly or completely: [as adjective]: a real picnic, done up brown according to all the rules
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  • It is one of those things that you can't say: ‘yeah, we did it up brown,’ every time, see.
  • Several weeks ago Earl turned his Ann loose on furnishing their apartment - told her to do it up brown and hang the cost because they didn't know when they would be able to pay for it anyway.
  • And it's no surprise when the Buckley fans decided to do something that they did it up brown.

in a brown study

see study.

Phrasal verbs

brown someone off

(usually as adjective browned off) Make someone feel irritated or depressed: they are getting browned off with the overtime



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  • The room they sat in now was dim, and stuffy with a mixture of dull, brownish colours.
  • Both leopards and jaguars have a similar brownish yellow base fur colour, which is distinctively marked with dark rosette markings.
  • When the water returned, it was a brownish colour because of all the mud that got into the catchment areas of our reservoirs.


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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.


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  • 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.

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