(comparative browner or more brown, superlative brownest or most brown)
- Having a brown colour.
(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.
- (demography, slang) To turn progressively more Hispanic or Latino, in the context of the population of a geographic region.
- the browning of America
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”)).
Originally a nickname for someone with brown hair or a dark complexion.