from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as broigne.


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  • Sit Art's enamored devotees, chatting across their 'brune' and 'blonde' ....


  • Mais comme il ne résulte jamais une nuance bleue d'une couleur noire affoiblie, mais diverses nuances d'une couleur brune, on doit l'envisager comme une couleur primitive, aussi long-tems, que le contraire ne sera pas démontré; d'autres au contraire en admettent cinq, & y ajoutent le brun.

    The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe

  • Brown sugar is cassonade (a dry brown sugar, so adjust for moisture in your recipe) or Vergoise, blonde or brune (this is the brown sugar you're familiar with - the soft, slightly sticky, molasses-flavored stuff, in light or dark.)

    potiron - French Word-A-Day

  • Metamnisia was allsoonome coloro-form brune; citherior spiane an eaulande, innemorous and un numerose.

    Finnegans Wake

  • Heremon, nolens volens, brood our pansies, brune in brume.

    Finnegans Wake

  • Menn have thawed, clerks have surssurhummed, the blond has sought of the brune: Elsekiss thou may, mean Kerry piggy?

    Finnegans Wake

  • Mais faut pas l'dire zon pas du s'en rendre compte les blondasse et pseudo brune ... enfin bon

    pinku-tk Diary Entry

  • Grecian; they had laughing eyes their figures were models for an artist with — “Turgide, brune, e ritondette mamme.” like the ‘bending statue’ that delights the world.

    The Life of Sir Richard Burton

  • There was a sort of cordon stretched before them, which they wearied her with prayers to be permitted to pass, and just to revive themselves by one dance with that “belle blonde,” or that “jolie brune,” or “cette jeune fille magnifique aux cheveux noirs comme le jais.”


  • She was very handsome, with a certain fine, rich coloring that belongs to the healthy brune type.

    The Awakening


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  • (noun) - A dark girl or woman. The same as brunette, though properly a brune should be darker than a brunette. From French brun, brown.

    --C.A.M. Fennell's Stanford Dictionary of Anglicised Words and Phrases, 1892

    January 14, 2018