(comparative blonder or more blond, superlative blondest or most blond)
- Of a bleached or pale golden (light yellowish) colour.
- blond hair
- blonde ale; blonde beer
- 2011 Feb, “Beauty Confessions”, Redbook, volume 216, number 2, page 60:
- If you're going one or two shades lighter, don't even touch your brows. But if you're making a big change, soften them by tinting them with home haircolor: a lighter shade of brown for blonder shades, a golden shade if you're dyeing your hair red.
- (of a person) Having blond hair.
From Middle French blond m, from Old French blond, blont, from Frankish *blund (“a mixed color between golden and light-brown”), from Proto-Germanic *blundaz (“mixed, blinding”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰlendʰ- (“to become turbid, see badly, go blind”). Compare Old English blondenfeax (“grey-haired”), Old English blandan (“to mix”). More at blend.
Alternative etymology connects Frankish *blund to Proto-Germanic *blundaz (“blond”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰl̥ndʰ-, *bʰlendʰ- (“blond, red-haired”). Cognate with Sanskrit ब्रध्न (bradhná, “ruddy, pale red, yellowish”).