Meaning of BROWN in English


I. brown 1 S2 W2 /braʊn/ BrE AmE adjective

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: brun ]

1 . having the colour of earth, wood, or coffee:

dark brown hair

2 . having skin that has been turned brown by the sun:

He’d been on vacation and looked very brown.

He was as brown as a berry after two weeks in the sun.

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■ types of brown

▪ light/pale brown

a light brown jacket

▪ dark/deep brown

dark brown eyes

▪ warm brown

a warm brown shade

▪ rich brown

a rich brown colour

▪ reddish brown

The earth was reddish brown.

▪ golden brown

Cook until the cheese is golden brown.

▪ rusty brown (=an orange-brown colour)

It was autumn and the leaves were already rusty brown.

▪ muddy brown

the muddy brown water of the river

▪ chestnut brown (=a red-brown colour)

a beautiful chestnut brown horse

▪ chocolate brown

He was wearing a chocolate brown pullover.

II. brown 2 BrE AmE noun [uncountable and countable]

the colour of earth, wood, or coffee:

This particular model is available in brown, white, or grey.

the browns and greens of the landscape

III. brown 3 BrE AmE verb [intransitive and transitive]

1 . to heat food so that it turns brown, or to become brown by being heated:

First, brown the meat in a pan.

2 . to become brown because of the sun’s heat, or to make something brown in this way:

The children’s faces were browned by the sun.

3 . browned off British English informal annoyed or bored SYN fed up :

They are getting browned off by the situation.

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