Definition of blond in US English:

blond

(also blonde)

adjective

  • 1(of hair) fair or pale yellow.

    ‘short-cropped blond hair’
    ‘her hair was dyed blond’
    • ‘Ford dug his hands into the blond fur around its neck to hold on.’
    • ‘Her long blonde hair was so pale that it was nearly silver.’
    • ‘He was about six feet tall with wavy blonde hair and fair skin.’
    • ‘He had soft blonde hair and fair, freckled skin.’
    • ‘He had light yellow eyes and long blond hair tied back as well.’
    • ‘With her bleach blond hair and pale skin, she looks like a reincarnate of Marilyn Monroe in army boots.’
    • ‘It managed to compliment her pale skin and golden blond hair.’
    • ‘She swept her blonde hair into her pale yellow shower cap and got under the steamy water.’
    • ‘They are tiny, maybe a year old, and both have fair blonde hair and pale skin.’
    • ‘They slashed at his legs and horse, and Julius plunged his sword into the nearest man, a beast covered in blond fur.’
    • ‘Her eyes are a beautiful dark blue that stand out against her pale skin and blonde hair.’
    • ‘Her pale blonde hair fell down her back, in a straight fall.’
    • ‘He had the same pale face and white blonde hair that he had.’
    • ‘When she finally found her seat (it was in the front row), a pale girl with long blonde hair looked up and nodded at her.’
    • ‘His pale, blond hair stuck out unkemptly, almost looking silvery under the dim light.’
    • ‘She had pale, ashy blonde hair, of frail build with fair skin and sky blue eyes.’
    • ‘She had pale blonde hair pulled into a bun and large hazel eyes.’
    • ‘His blue eyes narrowed as his high-planed face hardened, and even his bleached blond hair seemed to bristle.’
    • ‘I was expecting a very large old woman with a stick and bleached blond hair.’
    • ‘Cora was a short and unnaturally skinny pale girl with silvery blonde hair and cerulean blue eyes.’
    fair, light, light-coloured, light-toned, yellow, flaxen, tow-coloured, strawberry blonde, yellowish, golden, silver, silvery, platinum, ash blonde
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    1. 1.1 Having hair of a fair or pale yellow color.
      ‘a tall blond woman’
      • ‘Besides she is blond, and that's my colouring too.’
      • ‘Which I don't really need to do anyway, thanks to Father's blond genes.’
      • ‘You've taught me a lot about the harmony of colours and I can see that I'm blonde.’
      • ‘The blonde man was thrown backwards of his horse; dark coloured steed that refused to panic in the following chaos.’
      • ‘I mean, it's bad enough the media portrays that we should be blonde, blue-eyed and skinny.’
      • ‘With its blue-eyed, blonde haired leads, does the film cast a slight Aryan look?’
      • ‘Of course I was a blue-eyed blonde baby.’
      • ‘Isabella's cheeks heightened in color, but the blond man did not take any notice.’
      • ‘Oh, he had Sean's coloring, being blond and grey-eyed, but his face was a little rougher around the edges.’
      fair-haired, light-haired, golden-haired, tow-headed
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    2. 1.2 Having fair hair and a light complexion (especially when regarded as a racial characteristic)
      ‘she was blond and blue-eyed’
      • ‘It really didn't matter what you looked like - you could be blonde, blue-eyed or dark-skinned, dark-haired.’
      • ‘Laughing and giggling, she tagged the light skin of the blond child, then turned and raced the other way.’
    3. 1.3 (of wood or another substance) light in color.
      ‘a New York office full of blond wood’
      • ‘Down below on one of the city's most ancient thoroughfares, the thriving pub and club sub-culture was rarely of the blond wood variety.’
      • ‘On the far left I see the row of blond wood desks for the defendant or defendants, now empty.’
      • ‘Lots of blond wood, geometric modern art on the walls and new dishes on the menu that tickled our fancies.’
      • ‘On offer was a selection from across the board of Belgian beers, a blond beer, a brown, a wheat beer and a fruit lambic - don't worry all will become clear.’
      • ‘A cool restrained world of subtle lighting and blond wood, air-conditioned, sanitised and utterly inoffensive.’
      • ‘Actors dressed in black and grey create tableaux around the blond wood skeleton of a house.’
      • ‘Bathed in natural light, underscored by blonde wood, and translucent glass partitions.’
      • ‘The blond soil, the nevergreen, the eucalyptus smoking in my eyes.’
      • ‘It is a wood object in which several blocks and wedges are arranged on a blond wood base.’
      • ‘Belgium is rightly famous for its blond beers, and you'll find a bar on every street corner.’
      • ‘And in the bedrooms, he used only blond wood frames, creating a warm, comfortable environment.’
      • ‘Furniture takes the form of either long, low timber benches, or blond wood chairs, equipped with kneelers.’
      • ‘One work from 2002-03 is a fairly large construction of blond wood with a splendid floating quality.’
      • ‘It is a large blond cookie of about a foot in length made with olive oil and shaped like an oval leaf.’
      • ‘Throughout the house, imported wool rugs dyed in traditional Swedish colors warm up the blond hardwood floors.’
      • ‘The sleek interior sports bamboo curtains, blond woods, and a long communal table.’
      • ‘In contrast to its imposing frontage, the blond wood floors, white walls and high ceiling lend a relaxed, airy feel to the interior.’
      • ‘Porthole windows and blond stone cladding are just two of the distinguishing exterior features of the houses, which form two courtyards.’
      • ‘The art here seemed almost to have germinated from below the blond wood floor.’
      • ‘Here, the canvas leaves part of the vertical stretcher bars of blond wood exposed at the left and right.’
      • ‘It has a warmer feel, thanks to teal walls, blonde wood and large light fixtures like softly glowing upside-down umbrellas.’

noun

  • 1A person with fair or pale yellow hair (typically used of a woman).

    • ‘Deep navy, in contrast, is less demanding, and leaves a bit more colour in a blonde's cheeks.’
    • ‘On the museum's main floor, you can visit the technicolored rooms where Factor worked his makeup magic, one each for ‘brownettes,’ brunettes, blonds, and redheads.’
    • ‘So finally, do you prefer blondes or brunettes?’
    • ‘However, some are blue-eyed blondes, have red hair, or even look Middle-Eastern.’
    • ‘She was with seven other men, three blonds, three brunettes and a bald guy, who were all vying for her attention.’
    • ‘I rolled my eyes in mock exaggeration, then returned her smile. ‘Yeah, too bad blonds aren't my type.’’
    • ‘Who typically has more hair: blondes, brunettes or redheads?’
    • ‘She was a blonde with shoulder-length hair and was listening to music at the same time.’
    • ‘I only really meant the blonds that you attract.’
    • ‘As a trucker stops for a red light, a blonde catches up.’
    • ‘In the end, they both pursue - and win over - beautiful blonds who fall in love with their inner sweetness.’
    • ‘Most of the women had dark hair - a few were blondes.’
    • ‘Benji likes dumb blonds, not smart artistic girls.’
    • ‘When I said that thing about blonds being dumb, I really don't mean it!’
    • ‘Brunettes, blondes and redheads adorned the covers in equal proportion, but all had long and luxurious tresses.’
    • ‘I think Asian guys must have a thing for blonds since they've all got this jet-black hair.’
    • ‘He was sick of blonds with ten-foot legs and pouty lips.’
    • ‘Alyssa pointed to a guy who was a blonde with spiky hair and dark gray eyes.’
    • ‘Frankly, they're really only safe on fairer skin types, such as blonds, redheads with blue, green eyes.’
    • ‘Within seconds I was being pulled by all these blonds into a corner.’
    • ‘I knew that I had thin hair as oppose to my mother's thick wavy hair, but we were both blonds, even if I was a natural platinum blond.’
    • ‘I had met women of all shapes and sizes; blondes, brunettes and redheads, some bubbly, some serious, some supremely confident, others slightly hesitant.’
    • ‘Out of two brunettes, and five fake blonds, that's and accomplishment, and it gives me a bit of camouflage when I want to disappear.’
    • ‘In some portraits she has short dark hair, in one she's an elegant blonde.’
    • ‘Well he thinks that I am a blonde deep down, even if my natural hair colour is brown.’
    • ‘Surprisingly most truths about blonds are true.’
    • ‘Because he repainted often, he was always calling personnel ordering up fresh blondes, brunettes or redheads.’
    • ‘Aria is also medium height but she is a blonde with wavy hair that falls just below her shoulders.’
    • ‘Some people like blondes, brunettes or red heads.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, this is a big week for finding out that people whom you thought were brunettes are actually natural blondes.’
    • ‘I've lost them to the perfect blonds with their shiny, shiny hair.’
    • ‘However, blondes and redheads usually have more hair follicles than do people with darker hair.’
    • ‘‘Of course, when it comes to brains, there really is no difference between blonds and redheads,’ he said mockingly and the whole courtroom broke into laughter.’
    • ‘The normally cheerful blond felt chilled by the expression on Lukas' face.’
    • ‘Rick half-turned to look at the screaming woman, a tarted-up blonde with teased hair and flashing red earrings.’
    • ‘They say that blonds are dumb but I'm a guy, so that doesn't count, does it?’
    • ‘However those with fair skin, especially blonds or those with red or light brown hair and blue, green or gray eyes, are most susceptible as they tend to burn easily.’
    • ‘I wondered whether the myth that blondes are tartier then brunettes stems from the fact they actually need to wear more make-up?’
    • ‘We had all these blonds on the show, but it's really taken a redhead to put him in his place.’
    • ‘A swarm of blonds enters, catching whatever light there is in the ringlets of their hair.’
    1. 1.1 The colour of blond hair.
      ‘her hair was yellow—not any shade of blond, but yellow’
      • ‘I look and see the most perfect shade of golden blonde that I could have chosen.’
      • ‘Caramel blonde is expensive to maintain - it's more moneyed than honeyed.’
      • ‘She was only five foot, and had black hair with bleach blonde bangs.’
      • ‘I swear every time I see her, her hair looks more and more blonde, I wish my hair would be that blonde again.’
      • ‘But here she was, her hair bleached blonde wearing an extraordinary ensemble and as I found out almost totally unrecognisable.’
      • ‘Her natural hair was dirty blonde, but she had it dyed a natural red with black streaks and black underneath.’
      • ‘Even at nearly fifty, her hair was still wheat blonde without more than a minimal hint of gray and her caramel brown eyes as bright as her daughters.’
      • ‘His hair is sandy blonde with silver highlights, fading to white naturally.’
      • ‘His strands of hair were tied back by a dark string yet his hair shown bright whitish blonde.’
      • ‘Once my hair was completely pale blonde again, I titled my face upward to wash away the smeared make-up.’
      • ‘They've had their hair dyed or highlighted blonde so many times that they start to think they're the sun and that everything revolves around them.’
      • ‘I just got home from my hair appointment and my hair is now a beautiful shade of blonde that I just adore.’
      • ‘It was a small average sized girl with long blonde plaited hair with random purple and indigo streaks in it.’
      • ‘His natural hair color was dirty blonde, just a little lighter than mine.’
      • ‘His hair was dark blonde, almost brown, and his eyes were a clear steady grey.’
      • ‘His hair was naturally dirty blonde, and he had spiked it up with some green tips.’
      • ‘His hair was coloured a very dark blonde, almost brown, and was at medium length.’
      • ‘His eyes were a grayish blue and his hair bright blonde, sandy rather.’
      • ‘They range in colours from black to lightest blonde with varying shades of ash, gold, beige, red-violet copper and auburn.’
      • ‘Mel's hair was bleach blonde and her eyes were sparkling green.’

Usage

The spellings blonde and blond correspond to the feminine and masculine forms in French. Although the distinction is often retained in Britain, American usage since the 1970s has generally preferred the gender-neutral blond. The adjective blonde may still refer to a woman's (but not a man's) hair color, although use of the noun risks offense (see that blonde over there?): the offense arises from the fact that the color of hair is not the person. The adjective applied to inanimate objects (such as wood or beer) is typically spelled blond

Origin

Late 15th century: from French blond, blonde, from medieval Latin blundus ‘yellow’, perhaps from Germanic.

Pronunciation

blond

/blɑnd//bländ/