from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of a group of colors between red and yellow in hue that are medium to low in lightness and low to moderate in saturation.
- adj. Of the color brown.
- adj. Having a brownish or dark skin color.
- adj. Often Offensive Of or being a person of nonwhite origin.
- adj. Deeply suntanned.
- transitive v. To make or become brown.
- transitive v. To cook until brown.
- brown off Chiefly British Slang To make angry or irritated.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A colour like that of chocolate or coffee.
- n. One of the colour balls used in snooker with a value of 4 points.
- n. Black tar heroin.
- adj. Having a brown colour.
- adj. Gloomy.
- v. To become brown.
- v. To cook something until it becomes brown.
- v. To tan.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of a dark color, of various shades between black and red or yellow.
- n. A dark color inclining to red or yellow, resulting from the mixture of red and black, or of red, black, and yellow; a tawny, dusky hue.
- transitive v. To make brown or dusky.
- transitive v. To make brown by scorching slightly.
- transitive v. To give a bright brown color to, as to gun barrels, by forming a thin coat of oxide on their surface.
- intransitive v. To become brown.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of a dark or dusky color, inclining to redness or yellowness.
- to deceive him; take him in.
- n. A dark colorinclined to red or yellow. It may be obtained by mixing red, black, and yellow.
- n. A halfpenny. [English slang.]
- To become brown.
- To make brown or dusky.
- Specifically— To produce a brown color in by exposure to heat, as of meat, bread, etc., to that of a fire in roasting or toasting, or of the skin to that of the sun. To give a brown luster to (articles of iron, as gun-barrels, etc.), by applying certain preparations.
- n. A brown produced upon textile material with catechu. Also called cutch brown. See catechu.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. Scottish botanist who first observed the movement of small particles in fluids now known a Brownian motion (1773-1858)
- n. abolitionist who was hanged after leading an unsuccessful raid at Harper's Ferry, Virginia (1800-1859)
- v. fry in a pan until it changes color
- adj. of a color similar to that of wood or earth
- adj. (of skin) deeply suntanned
- v. make brown in color
- n. a university in Rhode Island
- n. an orange of low brightness and saturation
Middle English, from Old English brūn.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English broun, from Old English brūn ("dark, shining"), from Proto-Germanic *brūnaz (compare West Frisian brún, Dutch bruin, German braun), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰruHnos (compare Ancient Greek (phrýnē), (phrŷnos, "toad")), enlargement of *bʰrew- (“shiny, brown”) (compare Lithuanian bė́ras ("brown"), Sanskrit (babhrú, "reddish-brown")). (Wiktionary)