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blond

[blond] /blɒnd/
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
1475-1485
1475-85; < Middle French blonde blond, light brown, feminine of blond < Germanic; akin to Old English blondenfeax grayhaired, Latin flāvus yellow (see flavo-)
Related forms
blondness, noun
blondish, adjective
Can be confused
blond, blonde (see usage note at blonde)
Usage note
See blonde.

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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British Dictionary definitions for blondest

blond

/blɒnd/
adjective
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
noun
4.
a person, esp a man, having light-coloured hair and skin
Derived Forms
blondness, noun
Usage note
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
Word Origin
C15: from Old French blond, probably of Germanic origin; related to Late Latin blundus yellow, Italian biondo, Spanish blondo

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 blondest

blond

adj.

late 15c., from Old French blont "fair, blond" (12c.), from Medieval Latin blundus "yellow," perhaps from Frankish *blund. If it is a Germanic word, it is possibly related to Old English blonden-feax "gray-haired," from blondan, blandan "to mix" (see blend (v.)). 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."

Old English 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 Latin flavus "yellow." Another guess (discounted by German etymologists), is that it represents a Vulgar Latin *albundus, from alba "white."

The word was reintroduced into English 17c. from French, and was until recently still felt as French, hence blonde (with French feminine ending) for females. Italian biondo, Spanish blondo, Old Provençal blon all are of Germanic origin.

Fair hair was much esteemed by both the Greeks and Romans, and so they not only dyed and gold-dusted theirs ..., but also went so far as to gild the hair of their statues, as notably those of Venus de Medici and Apollo. In the time of Ovid (A.U.C. 711) much fair hair was imported from Germany, by the Romans, as it was considered quite the fashionable color. Those Roman ladies who did not choose to wear wigs of this hue, were accustomed to powder theirs freely with gold dust, so as to give it the fashionable yellow tint. [C. Henry Leonard, "The Hair," 1879]

n.

c.1755 of a type of lace, 1822 of persons; from blond (adj.).

blonde

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

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