from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A moderate reddish brown to brown.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A dark reddish-brown colour, often used to describe hair colour.
- adj. Of a reddish-brown colour.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Flaxen-colored.
- adj. Reddish brown.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Originally, whitish or flaxen-colored; now, reddish-brown: generally applied to hair.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of hair) colored a moderate reddish-brown
Middle English, from Old French aborne, blond, from Latin alburnus, whitish, from albus, white; see albho- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Early Modern English auburn "brown, reddish brown" from Middle English aubourne, abron, abroune, abrune "light brown, yellowish brown, blond", alteration (due to conflation with Middle English brun "brown") of earlier auborne "yellowish-white, flaxen" from Old French auborne, alborne "blond, flaxen, off-white" from Medieval Latin alburnus "whitish" from Latin albus "white". More at albino, brown (Wiktionary)