Definition of high brown in US English:

high brown

adjective

  • 1Designating a Eurasian fritillary butterfly, Argynnis adippe (family Nymphalidae), with tan wings, speckled dark brown.

  • 2Originally and chiefly US (now usually considered offensive). Of, relating to, or designating a black or mixed-race person having medium-brown or light-brown skin.

noun

  • 1A high brown fritillary butterfly.

  • 2Originally and chiefly US (now usually considered offensive). A black or mixed-race person having medium-brown or light-brown skin.

Origin

Mid 18th century. From high + brown.

Pronunciation

high brown

/ˈhʌɪ ˌbraʊn/