Meaning of BROWN in English


I. ˈbrau̇n adjective

Etymology: Middle English broun, from Old English brūn; akin to Old High German brūn brown, Greek phrynē toad

Date: before 12th century

: of the color brown ; especially : of dark or tanned complexion

II. noun

Date: 13th century

1. : any of a group of colors between red and yellow in hue, of medium to low lightness, and of moderate to low saturation

2. : a brown-skinned person

3. : brown trout

• brown·ish ˈbrau̇-nish adjective

• browny -nē adjective

III. verb

Date: 14th century

intransitive verb

: to become brown

transitive verb

: to make brown

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.