Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to the ash-tree or its timber; made of ash.
  • Consisting of or resembling ashes; ash-colored: as, “the ashen hue of age,”
  • noun Obsolete plural of ash.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Consisting of, or resembling, ashes; of a color between brown and gray, or white and gray.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to the ash tree.
  • noun obs. pl. for ashes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Made from the wood of the ash tree.
  • adjective Of or resembling ashes.
  • adjective Ash-colored; pale; anemic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective anemic looking from illness or emotion
  • adjective made of wood of the ash tree

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Examples

  • They have found kind of ashen remains they believe are Kenneth Countie ` s.

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  • Still "ashen" having driven all the way back to/from San Diego after seeing a driver back up to an off-ramp?

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  • Forgive me Brian, but if those kind of things make one "ashen" I'm slightly surprized you travel in Mexico at all!

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  • Then Eleanor's hair, which was heavy and straight and a kind of ashen brown, was always worn parted in the middle and fixed in a great loose knot at the back of her neck.

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  • However, in light of recent events, we take our original assessment back, recalling the ashen expression on Ms. Waldman’s face, and her unnerving sense that she was encountering some literary huckster there only to talk with other authors and drink free merlot partly true and that this, as written in her frown and her dilated eyes, was in some sense a damning crime against the human race.

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  • Fresh from an "ashen" escape, Manmohan walked into the volcano today

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  • He asked, “Are there any dead?” and he turned absolutely ashen.

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  • He asked, “Are there any dead?” and he turned absolutely ashen.

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  • He was on the verge of physical collapse and his face was ashen.

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  • He was on the verge of physical collapse and his face was ashen.

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  • Famously used to describe the facial skintone of Neasden manager Ron Knee, aged 59. More info.

    October 23, 2007