brown

[broun]
noun
1.
a dark tertiary color with a yellowish or reddish hue.
2.
Often Offensive. a person whose skin has a dusky or light-brown pigmentation.
adjective, browner, brownest.
3.
of the color brown.
4.
(of animals) having skin, fur, hair, or feathers of that color.
5.
sunburned or tanned.
6.
Often Offensive. (of persons) having the skin naturally pigmented a brown color.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
7.
to make or become brown.
8.
to fry, sauté, or scorch slightly in cooking: to brown onions before adding them to the stew. The potatoes browned in the pan.
Verb phrases
9.
brown out, to subject to a brownout: The power failure browned out the southern half of the state.
Idioms
10.
browned off, Slang. angry; fed up.
11.
do it up brown, Informal. to do thoroughly: When they entertain, they really do it up brown.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English brūn; cognate with Dutch bruin, German braun, Old Norse brūnn; akin to Lithuanian brúnas brown

brownish, browny, adjective
brownness, noun
overbrown, verb
unbrowned, adjective
well-browned, adjective


Brown as a noun and adjective to describe people with a brownish skin color is often perceived as insulting. Historically it has been used by anthropologists and scientists as a racial and ethnic classification to describe various dark-skinned populations, as in North Africa, the Middle East, Malaysia, and South Asia. It is also a term associated with colonialism. In recent times, brown has been used of Hispanics and South Asians in North America, many of whom self-identify as brown.
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Brown

[broun]
noun
1.
Charles Brockden [brok-duhn] , 1771–1810, U.S. novelist.
2.
Clifford ("Brownie") 1930–56, U.S. jazz trumpeter.
3.
Edmund Gerald, Jr ("Jerry") born 1938, U.S. politician: governor of California 1975–83.
4.
Herbert Charles, 1912–2004, U.S. chemist, born in England: Nobel Prize 1979.
5.
James Nathaniel ("Jimmy") born 1936, U.S. football player and actor.
6.
John ("Old Brown of Osawatomie") 1800–59, U.S. abolitionist: leader of the attack at Harpers Ferry, where he was captured, tried for treason, and hanged.
7.
Margaret Wise, 1910–52, U.S. author noted for early-childhood books.
8.
Olympia, 1835–1926, U.S. women's-rights activist and Universalist minister: first American woman ordained by a major church.
9.
Robert, 1773–1858, Scottish botanist.
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brown (braʊn)
 
n
1.  any of various colours, such as those of wood or earth, produced by low intensity light in the wavelength range 620--585 nanometres
2.  a dye or pigment producing these colours
3.  brown cloth or clothing: dressed in brown
4.  any of numerous mostly reddish-brown butterflies of the genera Maniola, Lasiommata, etc, such as M. jurtina (meadow brown): family Satyridae
 
adj
5.  of the colour brown
6.  (of bread) made from a flour that has not been bleached or bolted, such as wheatmeal or wholemeal flour
7.  deeply tanned or sunburnt
 
vb
8.  to make (esp food as a result of cooking) brown or (esp of food) to become brown
 
[Old English brūn; related to Old Norse brūnn, Old High German brūn, Greek phrunos toad, Sanskrit babhru reddish-brown]
 
'brownish
 
adj
 
'browny
 
adj
 
'brownness
 
n

Brown (braʊn)
 
n
1.  Sir Arthur Whitten (ˈwɪtən). 1886--1948, British aviator who with J.W. Alcock made the first flight across the Atlantic (1919)
2.  Ford Madox. 1821--93, British painter, associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. His paintings include The Last of England (1865) and Work (1865)
3.  George (Alfred), Lord George-Brown. 1914--85, British Labour politician; vice-chairman and deputy leader of the Labour party (1960--70); foreign secretary 1966--68
4.  George Mackay. 1921--96, Scottish poet, novelist, and short-story writer. His works, which include the novels Greenvoe (1972) and Magnus (1973), reflect the history and culture of Orkney
5.  (James) Gordon. born 1951, British Labour politician; Chancellor of the Exchequer (1997--2007); prime minister from 2007
6.  Herbert Charles. 1912--2004, US chemist, who worked on the compounds of boron. Nobel prize for chemistry 1979
7.  James. 1933--2006, US soul singer and songwriter, noted for his dynamic stage performances and for his commitment to Black rights
8.  John. 1800--59, US abolitionist leader, hanged after leading an unsuccessful rebellion of slaves at Harper's Ferry, Virginia
9.  Lancelot, called Capability Brown. 1716--83, British landscape gardener
10.  Michael (Stuart). born 1941, US physician: shared the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine (1985) for work on cholesterol
11.  Robert. 1773--1858, Scottish botanist who was the first to observe the Brownian movement in fluids

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brown
O.E. brun "dark, dusky," only developing a definite color sense 13c., from P.Gmc. *brunaz (cf. O.N. brunn, Dan. brun, O.Fris., O.H.G. brun, Du. bruin, Ger. braun), from PIE *bher- (3) "shining, brown" (cf. Lith. beras "brown"), related to *bheros "dark animal" (cf.
beaver, bear (n.), and Gk. phrynos "toad," lit. "the brown animal"). The O.E. word also had a sense of "brightness, shining," now preserved only in burnish. The Gmc. word was adopted into Romanic (cf. M.L. brunus, It., Sp. bruno, Fr. brun). Brown-bag (v.) "to bring lunch or liquor in a brown paper bag" is from 1960s. Brown Bess, slang name for old British Army flintlock musket, first recorded 1785.
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Brown (broun), Michael. Born 1941.

American geneticist. He shared a 1985 Nobel Prize for discoveries related to cholesterol metabolism.

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Idioms & Phrases

brown

In addition to the idioms beginning with brown, also see do up (brown).

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brown

any of a group of delicate butterflies in the family Nymphalidae (order Lepidoptera) that are abundant during summer months in the woods and grasslands of the United States and Europe. The adults are dull brown or grey, while the larvae possess small, forked tail-like appendages on their abdomens. Adult butterflies have brown wings with a span of 5 to 6 cm (2 to 2.4 inches) and conspicuous circular markings on them. These false "eyes" on the wings may serve to frighten or distract predatory birds.

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Example sentences
Dark green, fan-shaped leaves atop stiff-looking trunk covered with brown, hairy fiber.
In the same skillet, heat olive oil and brown the rice.
Pound and brown the everyday bird into a versatile weeknight option.
Mike brown set out to expand the galaxy, not shrink it.
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