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[broo-net] /bruˈnɛt/
(of hair, eyes, skin, etc.) of a dark color or tone.
(of a person) having dark hair and, often, dark eyes and darkish or olive skin.
a person, especially a female, with such coloration.
Origin of brunette
1705-15; < French; feminine of brunet
Related forms
brunetteness, noun Unabridged
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  • He can afford it, but as he says, it's war times and money is scarce as brunette chorus girls.

    The Voice on the Wire Eustace Hale Ball
  • A brunette selects a blonde and a blonde a brunette, as a general rule in matrimony.

    Life: Its True Genesis R. W. Wright
  • Vortigern's thoughts never a moment fell upon the brunette Hildrude.

  • I told him, after consulting you, the story of the letter—of the brunette—everything.

    Against Odds Lawrence L. Lynch
  • The brunette had a great string of coral, the blonde of amber, round her throat.

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British Dictionary definitions for brunette


a girl or woman with dark brown hair
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

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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