- The definition of brown is something that is the color of mud, soil or dirt (a color made from mixing red, yellow and black), or someone who is sun-tanned or dark-skinned.
- The dirt in your vegetable garden at home is an example of something that would be described as being brown.
- A person who has just spent three weeks lying on a beach in Florida getting a suntan is an example of someone who would be described as brown.
- Brown is defined as a color made from mixing red, black and yellow, or something of that color.
- The color of dirt is an example of brown.
- If you are wearing a dress that is the color of dirt, this is an example of a time when you are wearing brown.
- To brown is defined as to cook or bake something until it becomes brown.
When you put chicken in a frying pan and you fry it until it turns brown instead of pink, this is an example of a time when you brown the chicken.
A golden brown gingerbread man.
- having the color of chocolate or coffee, a combination of red, black, and yellow
- having a naturally dark or tanned skin; dark-skinned
Origin of brownMiddle English broun ; from Old English brun ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bhrou-no- ; from an unverified form bher-, brown: see bear
- brown color
- brown pigment or dye
be browned off
do up brown☆
- Brown, Charles Brockden 1771-1810; U.S. novelist
- Brown, Herbert Charles 1912-2004; U.S. organic chemist, born in Great Britain
- Brown, John 1800-59; U.S. abolitionist: as part of a plan for an uprising among slaves, he led a raid on an arsenal at Harpers Ferry: hanged for treason
- Brown, Lancelot (also called Capability Brown) 1715?-83; Eng. landscape artist
- Of the color brown.
- a. Having a brownish or dark skin color.b. Often Offensive Of or being a person of nonwhite origin.
- Deeply suntanned.
tr. & intr.v.browned, brown·ing, browns
- To make or become brown.
- To cook until brown.
Origin of brownMiddle English, from Old English brūn; see bher-2 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative browner or more brown, superlative brownest or most brown)
- Having a brown colour.
- (having brown as its colour): nonbrown
(third-person singular simple present browns, present participle browning, simple past and past participle browned)
- To become brown.
- Fry the onions until they brown.
- (cooking) To cook something until it becomes brown.
- Brown the onions in a large frying pan.
- To tan.
- Light-skinned people tend to brown when exposed to the sun.
- To make brown or dusky.
- To give a bright brown colour to, as to gun barrels, by forming a thin coating of oxide on their surface.
From Middle English broun, from Old English brūn (“dark, shining”), from Proto-Germanic *brūnaz (compare West Frisian brún, Dutch bruin, German braun), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰruHnos (compare Ancient Greek φρύνη (phrýnē), φρῦνος (phrŷnos, “toad”)), enlargement of *bʰrew- (“shiny, brown”) (compare Lithuanian bė́ras (“brown”), Sanskrit बभ्रु (babhrú, “reddish-brown”)).
- A common surname.