Origin of auburnMiddle English auburne from Old French auborne from Medieval Latin alburnus from Classical Latin albus, white (see elf); meaning influenced, influence by Middle English brun, brown
Origin of auburnMiddle English from Old French aborne blond from Latin alburnus whitish from albus white ; see albho- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more auburn, superlative most auburn)
- Of a reddish-brown colour.
Early Modern English auburn "brown, reddish brown" from Middle English aubourne, abron, abroune, abrune "light brown, yellowish brown, blond", alteration (due to conflation with Middle English brun "brown") of earlier auborne "yellowish-white, flaxen" from Old French auborne, alborne "blond, flaxen, off-white" from Medieval Latin alburnus "whitish" from Latin albus "white". More at albino, brown