Definition of brunette in English:


(also brunet)


  • A person, typically a woman, with dark brown hair.

    ‘she's a gorgeous, green-eyed brunette’
    • ‘I forgot that Austin has a thing for brunettes and redheads, but female Marines know how to handle themselves.’
    • ‘Who typically has more hair: blondes, brunettes or redheads?’
    • ‘Maybe this dress just works best on brunettes with long curly hair!’
    • ‘I've always liked brunettes better, he thought, Clarissa's beautiful dark locks coming into his mind - until he remembered Ella's golden hair.’
    • ‘Navy blue looks best of all, perhaps, worn by brown-eyed brunettes - which is one reason why the Italians and the French love it so much.’
    • ‘Keep in mind that blondes and dark-haired brunettes look stunning in hair jewels that are silvery, brilliant white crystal or diamond or have stark white hues.’
    • ‘The two girls, both brunettes, were wearing prom-like dresses, one in lilac and the other in powder blue, with matching flowers in their hair, which looked like at least an hours' worth of work.’
    • ‘I saw her immediately, since she sort of stood out mixed in with all of the brunettes, red heads, and blondes.’
    • ‘In the 20 films, the British spy has encountered 58 Bond girls; 29 were brunettes, 25 were blondes, and just four were redheads.’
    • ‘My hair wasn't the pretty hair that most brunettes had.’
    • ‘They were are all short, gorgeous, had brown or hazel eyes, and all of them were brunettes.’
    • ‘We're both big-haired brunettes of about the same age.’
    • ‘After dealing with frizz and the issues faced by blondes, he turned his attention to brunettes, whose main complaint was dull, listless hair.’
    • ‘Yeah, you get these guys who make their minds up and only like blondes or brunettes.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, this is a big week for finding out that people whom you thought were brunettes are actually natural blondes.’
    • ‘Baby or candy pink is best for blondes, especially when they're sporting a tan, and magenta or fuchsia pink (sometimes called shocking pink) is safest on brunettes.’
    • ‘But, how can there be a line of hair products for brunettes?’
    • ‘We're allowed - and even encouraged - to develop preferences for blondes, brunettes, redheads, etc, within our western culture.’
    • ‘I had met women of all shapes and sizes; blondes, brunettes and redheads, some bubbly, some serious, some supremely confident, others slightly hesitant.’
    brown-haired, dark, dark-haired, darkish
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  • 1(especially of a woman or girl) having dark brown hair.

    ‘a fresh-faced brunette woman in her thirties’
    • ‘It doesn't matter whether she's fat, thin, young, old, blonde, brunette.’
    • ‘Rose, who is naturally brunette, was considered a controversial show addition by some of the fans and media.’
    • ‘Sarah was tall, brunette, and beautiful in a blue, skintight dress.’
    • ‘Yesterday, as she was strutting along the streets of Essex, the brunette beauty showed off her tiny waistline in a red peplum top.’
    • ‘Arg's attention was then stolen by a brunette girl who wore a white lace peplum playsuit.’
    • ‘The camera-shy singer was spotted on a romantic, late-night date with a mystery brunette woman in Manchester last night.’
    • ‘Investigators have said that they consider the two brunette women to be witnesses - not suspects.’
    • ‘A few days later, his extremely able secretary was at her desk typing out reports when a very pretty brunette woman approached her.’
    • ‘Two people in white lab coats, an austere, older looking man and brunette woman in her thirties came rushing through.’
    • ‘Dressed in a low-cut black dress, the brunette beauty spent more than an hour signing autographs for the excited 500-strong crowd in Leicester Square.’
    1. 1.1(of hair) dark brown.
      ‘her lustrous brunette tresses’
      • ‘Both ladies wore their brunette hair in similar styles, with their locks tied loosely to the side.’
      • ‘Her tresses have morphed from her natural brunette to very light blonde and back in a few short years.’
      • ‘Earlier this week, the actress was mistaken for Irish singer Sinead O'Connor after lopping off her brunette bob.’
      • ‘Katy completed the attention-grabbing look with bright red lips and wore her brunette hair styled in loose curls.’
      • ‘Rachel went for a timeless elegance in a strapless cream Michael Kors dress, with her brunette hair tied back into a chic updo.’
      • ‘The sleek brunette crop with the sideswept fringe suits her elfin face and accentuates her chocolate brown doe-eyes.’
      • ‘The stunning singer, who recently dyed her hair from blonde to brunette, was seen shopping with husband in Santa Monica.’
      • ‘With her brunette locks scraped off her face, she showcased her model curves in a orange one-shoulder maxi dress.’
      • ‘She completed her look with a bright orange clutch bag and left her long brunette hair down.’
      • ‘Trading in her dark brunette locks for a lighter, sleeker look, the 22-year-old actress was barely recognizable at the premiere of her new TV movie.’


Mid 16th century: from French, feminine of brunet, diminutive of brun brown.