Definition of brown in US English:

brown

adjective

  • 1Of a color produced by mixing red, yellow, and blue, as of dark wood or rich soil.

    ‘an old brown coat’
    ‘she had warm brown eyes’
    • ‘He sends you up a very nice pudding, symmetrical in design, of a good consistency, and of a rich brown colour.’
    • ‘Nobody ever made a more straight drill or ploughed a field with such precision and he was at his happiest as he turned the rich brown soil followed by a flock of hungry gulls.’
    • ‘When the meat is a nice, dark brown colour and has been set aside, add the onions to the pot.’
    • ‘It consisted of three stuffed potato patties that had been coated in a slightly crunchy and tasty breading, and fried to a dark brown colour.’
    • ‘With his blue eyes and dark brown hair, he was every girl's dream.’
    • ‘Ilaria was no longer a blue lush world but a dark yellow and brown wasteland.’
    • ‘The décor was navy blue, gold and dark brown wood, and the place almost looked like the inside of a ship.’
    • ‘Now awake and in charge of the day, he longed to be off, striding across the rich brown soil, out into the world, to explore.’
    • ‘Nick's soup was a rich brown colour and had a full-bodied mushroom flavour.’
    • ‘Everything in the department stores was brown and dark blue.’
    • ‘He was clean-shaven, and I knew I'd got my dark brown eye colour from him.’
    • ‘He had a slight muscular build, which was covered by a dark blue winter coat with brown leather patches on the elbows.’
    • ‘Everything about it - the taste, the rich dark brown colour, the scent - was wonderful.’
    • ‘Jess, everyone called him, was tall with short straight, dark brown hair and blue eyes devoid of any emotion.’
    • ‘He was won over in two bites of non-greasy, tender chunks of meat nestled in a rich dark brown curry sauce.’
    • ‘Golden yellow and rich brown hues accompany fresh floral accents and ruggedly attractive iron light fixtures.’
    • ‘The girl blinked, looking at the 19 year old with shoulder length dark blue hair and dark brown eyes.’
    • ‘It was accented with rich brown wood that was used as shelving, chairs and a spa bed.’
    • ‘The dark brown furniture and yellow light coming from the engraved copper lamp created a cozy ambience.’
    • ‘The guy was grinning and had dark brown curls and ice blue eyes.’
    hazel, chocolate-coloured, coffee-coloured, cocoa-coloured, nut-brown
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    1. 1.1 (of bread) light brown in color and typically made with unbleached or unrefined wholewheat flour.
      • ‘If you slip away from the main tourist scene, you'll likely stumble upon a bakery offering freshly baked brown loaves from 200-year-old recipes.’
      • ‘Meanwhile the other salesperson was tossing the brown loaves into a slicing machine as fast as he could.’
      • ‘I start with porridge, and then mid-morning I have six egg whites on brown toast.’
      • ‘Eaten with home-made Branston-style pickle and an abundant supply of delightful olive, nut and fociaccia bread plus crunchy brown rolls, this got the gastric juices flowing.’
      • ‘Ann ordered a local free-range egg and cress sandwich in a soft brown roll, with side salad.’
      • ‘They let me out after a week because I told the doctor I'd managed to eat a piece of dry brown toast.’
      • ‘My breakfast is always the same: two pieces of brown toast with slices of banana on top, a cup of tea and an apple juice.’
      • ‘All I ask for to see me through the day is a nice piece of ripe brie, a crusty brown roll and a glass or two of a not-too-dry white.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, the large, strongly-flavoured brown breadcrumbs overwhelmed the oysters.’
      • ‘I went in and offered my French francs, which the baker accepted and he handed me a small brown loaf.’
      • ‘He then asked if I needed milk and gave me a litre and a brown loaf.’
      • ‘I opted for a ham and tomato brown baguette.’
      unbleached, wholemeal
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  • 2(of a person) dark-skinned or suntanned.

    ‘his face was brown from the sun’
    • ‘I was here in Toronto for like four hours and my light brown skin had that sun kissed look.’
    • ‘Her half-long hair was bleached by the sun and salt, making her skin appear almost brown by contrast.’
    • ‘The sun just made her brown skin glow even more clearly, making me jealous as hell.’
    • ‘He was tall with longish black hair swept out of his eyes, and sun tanned brown skin.’
    • ‘And I think I can forget about getting a suntan, I'll probably come back with a brown face, that's all.’
    tanned, suntanned, perma-tanned, sunburned, browned, bronze, bronzed, weather-beaten
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    1. 2.1also Brown Relating or belonging to a human group characterized as having relatively dark-colored skin (chiefly used of peoples of ancestry other than European or African)
      ‘I interviewed 60 mostly black and brown leaders around our nation’

noun

  • 1Brown color or pigment.

    ‘the brown of his eyes’
    ‘a pair of boots in brown’
    ‘the print is rich with velvety browns’
    • ‘I feel light brown is the natural colour for you in the long-term.’
    • ‘The area of low-lying swamp or marsh, as revealed through archaeology, is shown in brown.’
    • ‘Yeldham is fond of red, a popular colour for paintings, and also of brown, another colour that fits in nicely with interior design schemas.’
    • ‘The overriding colours are natural hues of tan, brown and olive greens contrasted with a bright white base, to give a soft, earthy look.’
    • ‘Vertebrate genes are shown in brown, invertebrates in red, plants in green, and fungi in blue.’
    • ‘I still however have a thing for plasticine, those long lengths of the stuff in various uninspirational colours like green and brown.’
    • ‘Neutral colours like brown, cream and black are practical choices for this sort of bag.’
    • ‘I like to tint the shellback using a waterproof marker in brown or olive.’
    • ‘The opposite trend is shown in brown, where residents tend to buy new, not used.’
    • ‘There is a heavy use of earthly colours of tree-bark brown and earth red in Aboriginal art as the Aborigines are deeply influenced by nature.’
    • ‘All methods of aquatint are printed in the same manner as regular etching, but frequently aquatints were printed in brown as well as black.’
    • ‘There are three colours available: brown, whitish yellow and honey whitish yellow being the natural colour of the wood.’
    • ‘Increased glucose conditions are shown in brown, whereas decreased glucose is shown in blue.’
    • ‘Soups and noodles came in colours such as brown, orange, light green, cream, yellow, white and brownish red.’
    • ‘And a low cut waist accented with a wide belt in brown is most fashionable while it shows off your charming figure.’
    • ‘The rest of the party found it inspirational, but I don't like the colour brown - which is a bit of a problem in Morocco.’
    • ‘Donaldson is unapologetic about the symbolism of these colours: brown for the earth, blue for the sky.’
    • ‘Pendulous sedges crowded the footpath, fungi sprouted in brown, black, orange and white.’
    • ‘It starts off as a series of brush strokes in brown, red and green, but ends up as an exquisite painting imparting a beautiful luminosity.’
    • ‘Naila looked down to see she also wore a simple dress, but in brown.’
    1. 1.1 Brown clothes or material.
      ‘a woman all in brown’
      • ‘She dressed all in brown and a tight bun, made her eyes stretch to the corners.’
      • ‘A group of roughly a hundred human men, dressed in greens, browns, and blacks, were standing of on the crest of a small hill, weapons in hand.’
      • ‘He saw Oprah sitting on her couch, dressed in brown and talking to the audience about a book called Age and Time.’
      • ‘Supporters swathed in brown and gold formed a guard of honour in front of the banner.’
      • ‘She led a party of about six men towards an empty table, two of these also robed, but in brown, and the others in the attire of boatmen.’
      • ‘He was dressed in brown, with a deep green cloak and hood, and his hands were gloved.’
      • ‘A figure cloaked in brown was huddled over two other, smaller ones.’
      • ‘Alia asked, looking up to the man robed in brown, hood drawn back enough to see his face.’
      • ‘This seems to be a regular feature; why they don't just do away with green and play in brown, the natural colour of the Borders in winter, remains a mystery.’
      • ‘The new guest was followed closely by a puny boy in puke - green and two heavy bumbling guys in brown.’
      • ‘Once there, he found a figure, cloaked in brown in the throne chair.’
      • ‘They seemed to be called away from whatever task they happened to be doing, dressed in drab blacks, browns, and blues.’
      • ‘A middle-aged woman in brown came running up to Fire and threw her arms over his neck.’
      • ‘The great buffet running the length of the hall stood out with all it's color against the various grays, browns, and blacks that the peasantry so commonly wore.’
      • ‘There she was, coming up the platform towards me at Runcorn, all in brown, with fluttering eyelashes.’

verb

  • Make or become brown, typically by cooking.

    with object ‘a skillet in which food has been browned’
    no object ‘bake the pizza until the cheese has browned’
    • ‘Combine in a frying pan with the olive oil, garlic, fennel seeds, capers, sea salt and pepper, and gently stew for 10 to 15 minutes, without actually ‘frying’ or browning.’
    • ‘Cover loosely with foil towards the end of baking to prevent the cake from browning.’
    • ‘Zino recommends that salt be added after the patty has been browned because salt brings out the juices.’
    • ‘Half an hour before kick-off melt the butter and olive oil in a heavy, medium-sized saucepan and add the onions, cooking them very gently for 10 minutes without browning.’
    • ‘Now baste the turkey very thoroughly with a long-handled spoon, then return it to the oven for a further 30-45 minutes to finish browning - give it as much basting as you can during this final cooking period.’
    • ‘Spread out in pan and sauté over moderate heat for about four to five minutes, until bottom has crusted and browned.’
    • ‘Once all sides of the roast have been browned, place the roast fat side up on a rack in the roasting pan.’
    • ‘Cook over a gentle heat until the vegetables have softened but not browned.’
    • ‘Stir the vegetables around in the juices, then put the tin back in the oven to finish browning and caramelising at the edges.’
    • ‘If they appear stressed and browned by drought, most will rejuvenate after a good cut back and regular watering.’
    • ‘It is important not to crowd the pan, so the beef may need to be browned in 2 batches.’
    • ‘Sprinkle with cheese and bake 5 more minutes or until cheese has slightly browned.’
    • ‘The smell when these are browning under the grill is amazing.’
    • ‘Just browned a roast on both sides and stuck it in the crock pot with water and onion soup mix.’
    • ‘A large piece of braising meat, usually beef but sometimes lamb or pork, is browned in olive oil in a heavy pot.’
    • ‘From time to time, push the spuds, particularly those that are browning quickly to one side, and spoon any cooking juices over any that appear dry.’
    • ‘Once the pork has browned and is close to being cooked, add the soy sauce and the juice of the lime and splash more sesame oil.’
    • ‘We found fried eggs cooked too quickly and pancakes browned unevenly in the Specifics because the centre of the pan was hotter than the edges.’
    • ‘She tossed dough balls from hand to hand and placed them on a hot tin sheet over the fire where they browned in seconds.’
    • ‘Squash the mixture down with a palette knife and cook till the bottom has browned and crisped in the butter.’
    singe, sear, seal, crisp, crisp up
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Phrases

  • (as) brown as a berry

    • (of a person) very suntanned.

      • ‘In the words of Bruce Springsteen, we went down to the river, and into the river we dived, along with the au pair girl, who was by now as brown as a berry.’
      • ‘I am sure you will have the holiday of a lifetime and come back to the town looking brown as a berry.’
      • ‘I am now as brown as a berry all in a short fortnight.’
      • ‘He's brown as a berry from ridin' the prairie and sings with an ol' western drawl.’
      • ‘A rugged little fellow of manly countenance, black-haired, and brown as a berry, was among the passengers of the steamship California who were transferred yesterday to Ellis Island.’
      • ‘To play on the trampoline and go off to la playa and get brown as a berry.’
      • ‘With luck I'll be brown as a berry once more by the end of the summer.’
  • do something up brown

    • Do something thoroughly or completely.

      as adjective ‘a real picnic, done up brown according to all the rules’
      • ‘Those wanting to really do it up brown could have a closed-out, bargain-basement 100% RCA system for only $880-a real slap in the face for anyone who paid the full price of $1350.’
      • ‘As any Brother in the Bonds worth his salt can tell you, '94 was the 50th birthday of our fraternity, and the Dekes did it up brown.’
      • ‘The leftists do it up brown because that's their métier, their profession, and they know how to make use of the TV cameras.’
      • ‘Well, now, Dewey thought he was going to do it up brown.’
      • ‘Several weeks ago Earl turned his Ann loose on furnishing their apartment - told her to do it up brown and hang the cost because they didn't know when they would be able to pay for it anyway.’
      • ‘It is one of those things that you can't say: ‘yeah, we did it up brown,’ every time, see.’
      • ‘So I accepted Bob's advice, and he came along with me to see that I did it up brown.’
      • ‘Choreographer Michael E. Gold shows his creative style of playing up the strengths of each of his dancers and in an anything goes fashion, he did it up brown.’
      • ‘And it's no surprise when the Buckley fans decided to do something that they did it up brown.’
      • ‘Last week Le Soir of Paris happened to feel like giving the story a whirl and did it up brown with six pictures each of King Edward VIII and Mrs. Simpson.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • brown someone off

    • Make someone feel irritated or depressed.

      ‘they are getting browned off with the overtime’
      • ‘I always thought I played safe in that respect but I guess the censor was browned off or something, it's silly to take things to that extent.’
      • ‘Come next year the electorate will be browned off with both Kenny and Rabbitte moaning and will vote for the old reliables again.’
      • ‘Therefore it is very easy to see why supporters are hugely frustrated and very browned off.’
      • ‘Corporate Games is a ‘special venture’ for managers, the best clients and business partners that have been browned off with pattern thinking and endless hours of office work.’
      • ‘The Colonel said that some of his men were browned off because there had been no opposition on the beaches.’
      • ‘Well dear I suppose you'll be browned off with all that, but if you want to hear of more experiences let me know.’
      • ‘Instead, they were browned off with religion altogether, and only ever went to any church thereafter for a wedding or a funeral.’
      • ‘One was shot down and we were browned off to pick up the crew of that Junkers - they didn't like the idea of scrambling up the net and asked for ladders.’
      • ‘So they apparently were browned off with sunbathing and got starting to leave.’
      • ‘He was browned off too - bored out of his mind in a garden pond swimming round the same cement gnome every day.’
      fed up, irritated, annoyed, exasperated, irked, put out, peeved, piqued, disgruntled
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Origin

Old English brūn, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bruin and German braun.

Pronunciation

brown

/braʊn//broun/