Brown meaning

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Any of a group of colors between red and yellow in hue that are medium to low in lightness and low to moderate in saturation.
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Of the color brown.
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To make or become brown.
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Having the color of chocolate or coffee, a combination of red, black, and yellow.
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(person) 1912-2004; U.S. organic chemist, born in Great Britain.
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Black tar heroin.
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Brown color.
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Brown pigment or dye.
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To make or become brown, esp. by exposure to sunlight, as in tanning, or to heat, as in cooking.
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(person) (born Lancelot Brown) 1715?-83; Eng. landscape artist.
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(person) 1771-1810; U.S. novelist.
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(person) 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.
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A colour like that of chocolate or coffee.

The browns and greens in this painting give it a nice woodsy feel.

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(sometimes capitalised) A person of Middle Eastern, or South Asian descent; a brown-skinned person.
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Having a brown colour.
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To become brown.

Fry the onions until they brown.

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(cooking) To cook something until it becomes brown.

Brown the onions in a large frying pan.

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To tan.

Light-skinned people tend to brown when exposed to the sun.

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To make brown or dusky.
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To give a bright brown colour to, as to gun barrels, by forming a thin coating of oxide on their surface.

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(demography, slang) To turn progressively more Hispanic or Latino, in the context of the population of a geographic region.

The browning of America.

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A common surname​.
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Deeply suntanned.
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To cook until brown.
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Having a naturally dark or tanned skin; dark-skinned.
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(snooker) One of the colour balls used in snooker, with a value of 4 points.
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be browned off
  • to be angry, disgusted, etc.
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do up brown
  • to do completely or perfectly
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

be browned off
do up brown

Origin of brown

  • Middle English from Old English brūn bher-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”)).

    From Wiktionary

  • Originally a nickname for someone with brown hair or a dark complexion.

    From Wiktionary