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blonde

[blond] /blɒnd/
adjective
1.
(of a woman or girl) having fair hair and usually fair skin and light eyes.
noun
2.
a woman or girl having this coloration.
Origin
see blond
Related forms
blondeness, noun
Can be confused
blond, blonde (see usage note at the current entry)
Usage note
The spelling blonde is still widely used for the noun that specifies a woman or girl with fair hair: The blonde with the baby in her arms is my anthropology professor. Some people object to this as an unnecessary distinction, preferring blond for all persons: My sister is thinking of becoming a blond for a while. As an adjective, the word is more usually spelled blond in reference to either sex (an energetic blond girl; two blond sons), although the form blonde is occasionally still used of a female: the blonde model and her escort. The spelling blond is almost always used for the adjective describing hair, complexion, etc.: His daughter has blond hair and hazel eyes.
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Examples from the web for blonde
  • He was pale pink, with poker-straight reddish-brown hair that later grew into platinum-blonde curls.
  • The blonde half of the joke is as false as any other joke of its derogatory ilk, but the other half gets at a fact about writers.
  • Her straightened hair had been streaked with blonde highlights, and her skin glowed.
  • The monks couldn't believe our blonde hair, blue eyes, and camera equipment.
  • The aforementioned blonde is about to defend her dissertation.
  • Short, blonde and stout, she was not cut out to be hauled into a bus by the police.
  • Her strawberry blonde hair was pinned back into a tidy bun.
  • One has dark curly hair with green eyes and the other has straight blonde hair with blue eyes.
  • Everyone else is a drone in dusty gray jammies, and you're a busty blonde with a big hammer.
  • The company's site baits would-be video-chatters with photos that include a fetching blonde.
British Dictionary definitions for blonde

blonde

/blɒnd/
adjective
1.
(of women's hair) of a light colour; fair
2.
(of a person, people or a race) having fair hair, a light complexion, and, typically, blue or grey eyes
3.
(of soft furnishings, wood, etc) light in colour
noun
4.
a person, esp a woman, having light-coloured hair and skin
5.
Also called blonde lace. a French pillow lace, originally of unbleached cream-coloured Chinese silk, later of bleached or black-dyed silk
Derived Forms
blondeness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French blond (fem blonde), probably of Germanic origin; related to Late Latin blundus yellow, Italian biondo, Spanish blondo
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Word Origin and History for blonde

late 15c.; see blond (adj.).

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