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brown

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Pronunciation: /braʊn
 
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Definition of brown in English:

adjective

1Of a colour produced by mixing red, yellow, and blue, as of dark wood or rich soil: an old brown coat she had warm brown eyes
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
brunette, mousy;
sepia, mahogany, umber, burnt sienna;
bay, sorrel, dun, brindle, brindled;
auburn, tawny, coppery, chestnut, bronze, russet
1.1Dark-skinned or suntanned: his face was brown from the sun
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
1.2 South African term for coloured (sense 2) of the adjective).
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.3(Of bread) light brown in colour and typically made with unbleached or unrefined wholemeal flour: a slice of brown toast with low fat spread
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms

noun

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1 [mass noun] Brown colour or pigment: the brown of his eyes a pair of boots in brown [count noun]: 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.
2A brown thing, in particular the brown ball in snooker.
Example sentences
  • 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.
3 [with modifier] A satyrid butterfly, which typically has brown wings with small eyespots.
Example sentences
  • 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.
4 South African term for coloured (sense 1) of the noun). compulsory education for blacks and browns

verb

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Make or become brown, typically by cooking: [with object]: a skillet in which food has been browned [no object]: grill 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.
Synonyms

Origin

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

Phrases

(as) brown as a berry

1
(Of a person) very suntanned: she’d lost her pale, city complexion and become as brown as a berry
More 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

2
see study.

Phrasal verbs

be browned off

1
British informal Be irritated or depressed: they’re getting browned off with the overtime
More 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.
Synonyms
discontented, discouraged, disheartened, depressed;
bored, weary, tired
vulgar slang pissed off

Derivatives

brownish

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • 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.

brownness

2
Pronunciation: /ˈbrəʊnnɪs/
noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

browny

3
adjective
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.

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