blondest

blond

[blond]
adjective, blonder, blondest.
1.
(of hair, skin, etc.) light-colored: the child's soft blond curls.
2.
(of a person) having light-colored hair and skin.
3.
(of furniture wood) light in tone.
noun
4.
a blond person.
5.
silk lace, originally unbleached but now often dyed any of various colors, especially white or black.

Origin:
1475–85; < Middle French blonde blond, light brown, feminine of blond < Germanic; akin to Old English blondenfeax grayhaired, Latin flāvus yellow (see flavo-)

blondness, noun
blondish, adjective

blond, blonde (see usage note at blonde).


See blonde.
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blonde

[blond]
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

blondeness, noun

blond, blonde (see usage note at the current entry).


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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blond (blɒnd)
 
adj
1.  (of men'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
 
n
4.  a person, esp a man, having light-coloured hair and skin
 
[C15: from Old French blond, probably of Germanic origin; related to Late Latin blundus yellow, Italian biondo, Spanish blondo]
 
usage  Although blond and blonde correspond to masculine and feminine forms in French, this distinction is not consistently made in English. Blonde is the commoner form both as a noun and an adjective, and is more frequently used to refer to women than men. The less common variant blond occurs usually as an adjective, occasionally as a noun, and is the preferred form when referring to men with fair hair
 
'blondness
 
n

blonde (blɒnd)
 
adj
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
 
n
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
 
[C15: from Old French blond (fem blonde), probably of Germanic origin; related to Late Latin blundus yellow, Italian biondo, Spanish blondo]
 
'blondeness
 
n

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blond
late 15c., from O.Fr. blont "fair, blond" (12c.), from M.L. adj. blundus "yellow," perhaps from Frankish *blund. If it is a Germanic word, it is possibly related to O.E. blonden-feax "gray-haired," from blondan, blandan "to mix" (see blend). According to Littré, the
original sense of the French word was "a colour midway between golden and light chestnut," which might account for the notion of "mixed." O.E. beblonden meant "dyed," so it is also possible that the root meaning of blonde, if it is Germanic, may be "dyed," as ancient Teutonic warriors were noted for dying their hair. Du Cange, however, writes that blundus was a vulgar pronunciation of L. flavus "yellow." Another guess (discounted by German etymologists), is that it represents a V.L. *albundus, from alba "white." The word was reintroduced into English 17c. from French, and was until recently still felt as French, hence blonde (with Fr. fem. ending) for females. As a noun, used c.1755 of a type of lace, 1822 of persons. It. biondo, Sp. blondo, O.Prov. blon all are of Germanic origin.

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