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brunette

[broo-net] /bruˈnɛt/
adjective
1.
(of hair, eyes, skin, etc.) of a dark color or tone.
2.
(of a person) having dark hair and, often, dark eyes and darkish or olive skin.
noun
3.
a person, especially a female, with such coloration.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15; < French; feminine of brunet
Related forms
brunetteness, noun
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  • She's a tall, striking brunette with pouty lips and oil spills for eyes.
  • There was no hot brunette, nor was there a kidnapping.
  • He stops dead in his tracks and whispers to a pretty brunette.
  • Lilly was an exotic in her younger years, a brunette with burning eyes and skin brown from the sun.
  • Then, in a bedroom, a brunette wearing a tank top points a gun at you.
British Dictionary definitions for brunette

brunette

/bruːˈnɛt/
noun
1.
a girl or woman with dark brown hair
adjective
2.
dark brown: brunette hair
Word Origin
C17: from French, feminine of brunet dark, brownish, from brun brown, of Germanic origin; see brown
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Word Origin and History for brunette
adj.

1660s, from French brunette (masc. brunet), from Old French brunet "brownish, brown-haired, dark-complexioned," fem. diminutive of brun "brown" (12c.), of West Germanic origin (see brown (adj.)). As a noun, "woman of a dark complexion," from 1710. The metathesized form, Old French burnete, is the source of the surname Burnett. Burnete also was used of a wool-dyed cloth of superior quality, originally dark brown.

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