from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of a dark complexion or coloring.
  • adj. Having dark brown or black hair or eyes.
  • n. A person with dark brown hair.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of a man's or boy's hair, brown or black hair.
  • adj. Of a man or boy, having brown or black hair.
  • n. A man or boy with brown or black hair.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. being or having dark-colored skin and hair; contrasted with blond.
  • n. A girl or woman with a somewhat brown or dark complexion.

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

  • n. a person with dark (brown) hair
  • adj. marked by dark or relatively dark pigmentation of hair or skin or eyes


French, from Old French, diminutive of brun, brown, of Germanic origin; see bher-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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