Adjective "brown" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Of a colour produced by mixing red, yellow, and blue, as of dark wood or rich soil.
  1. 'she had warm brown eyes'
  2. 'He had a slight muscular build, which was covered by a dark blue winter coat with brown leather patches on the elbows.'
  3. 'The décor was navy blue, gold and dark brown wood, and the place almost looked like the inside of a ship.'
  4. 'He was clean-shaven, and I knew I'd got my dark brown eye colour from him.'
  5. 'The guy was grinning and had dark brown curls and ice blue eyes.'
  6. 'It was accented with rich brown wood that was used as shelving, chairs and a spa bed.'
  7. 'Nick's soup was a rich brown colour and had a full-bodied mushroom flavour.'
  8. 'He sends you up a very nice pudding, symmetrical in design, of a good consistency, and of a rich brown colour.'
  9. 'With his blue eyes and dark brown hair, he was every girl's dream.'
  10. 'The dark brown furniture and yellow light coming from the engraved copper lamp created a cozy ambience.'
  11. 'It consisted of three stuffed potato patties that had been coated in a slightly crunchy and tasty breading, and fried to a dark brown colour.'
  12. 'All I ask for to see me through the day is a nice piece of ripe brie, a crusty brown roll and a glass or two of a not-too-dry white.'
  13. 'Meanwhile the other salesperson was tossing the brown loaves into a slicing machine as fast as he could.'
  14. 'Unfortunately, the large, strongly-flavoured brown breadcrumbs overwhelmed the oysters.'
  15. 'They let me out after a week because I told the doctor I'd managed to eat a piece of dry brown toast.'
  16. 'I went in and offered my French francs, which the baker accepted and he handed me a small brown loaf.'
  17. 'If you slip away from the main tourist scene, you'll likely stumble upon a bakery offering freshly baked brown loaves from 200-year-old recipes.'
Dark-skinned or suntanned.
  1. 'And I think I can forget about getting a suntan, I'll probably come back with a brown face, that's all.'
  2. 'The sun just made her brown skin glow even more clearly, making me jealous as hell.'
  3. 'Her half-long hair was bleached by the sun and salt, making her skin appear almost brown by contrast.'
  4. 'By the 19th century, the notion of a single "brown people" was being overthrown.'
  5. 'That same fall, Celeste started talking about "brown people."'


Brown colour or pigment.
  1. 'a pair of boots in brown'
  2. 'It starts off as a series of brush strokes in brown, red and green, but ends up as an exquisite painting imparting a beautiful luminosity.'
  3. 'Neutral colours like brown, cream and black are practical choices for this sort of bag.'
  4. 'Pendulous sedges crowded the footpath, fungi sprouted in brown, black, orange and white.'
  5. 'I still however have a thing for plasticine, those long lengths of the stuff in various uninspirational colours like green and brown.'
  6. 'There is a heavy use of earthly colours of tree-bark brown and earth red in Aboriginal art as the Aborigines are deeply influenced by nature.'
  7. 'Naila looked down to see she also wore a simple dress, but in brown.'
  8. 'Increased glucose conditions are shown in brown, whereas decreased glucose is shown in blue.'
  9. 'The area of low-lying swamp or marsh, as revealed through archaeology, is shown in brown.'
  10. 'The overriding colours are natural hues of tan, brown and olive greens contrasted with a bright white base, to give a soft, earthy look.'
  11. 'I feel light brown is the natural colour for you in the long-term.'
  12. 'a woman all in brown'
  13. 'They seemed to be called away from whatever task they happened to be doing, dressed in drab blacks, browns, and blues.'
  14. 'Alia asked, looking up to the man robed in brown, hood drawn back enough to see his face.'
  15. 'He was dressed in brown, with a deep green cloak and hood, and his hands were gloved.'
  16. 'There she was, coming up the platform towards me at Runcorn, all in brown, with fluttering eyelashes.'
  17. 'This seems to be a regular feature; why they don't just do away with green and play in brown, the natural colour of the Borders in winter, remains a mystery.'
  18. 'She led a party of about six men towards an empty table, two of these also robed, but in brown, and the others in the attire of boatmen.'
  19. 'He saw Oprah sitting on her couch, dressed in brown and talking to the audience about a book called Age and Time.'
A brown thing, in particular the brown ball in snooker.
  1. 'Williams has three chances to win the frame but spurns them all and Doherty looks to be cleaning up but misses a straightforward brown.'
  2. 'O'Sullivan looked to be on his way out when he fluffed a brown in the 12th frame to let Peter Ebdon go one frame from victory.'
  3. 'Doherty makes a positive start with an aggressive red but is undone on his next shot when the brown hits the jaws and bounces off the table.'
  4. 'Doherty has two good chances but misses two browns which allows Hunter to edge home.'
  5. 'However, the teenager held his nerve in the decider, Cooper requiring snookers on the brown when 73-49 down.'
  6. 'Watkinson took green but left an easy brown while attempting a snooker, for Ventress to go further ahead 57-29.'
  7. 'In all he had nine blacks, two pinks, three blues and a brown as the table was cleared of the red balls.'
A satyrid butterfly, which typically has brown wings with small eyespots.
  1. 'The Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus) sometimes called the Hedge Brown is a common butterfly in the United Kingdom.'


    Make or become brown, typically by cooking.
    1. no object 'grill the pizza until the cheese has browned'
    2. 'Half an hour before kick-off melt the butter and olive oil in a heavy, medium-sized saucepan and add the onions, cooking them very gently for 10 minutes without browning.'
    3. 'We found fried eggs cooked too quickly and pancakes browned unevenly in the Specifics because the centre of the pan was hotter than the edges.'
    4. 'Stir the vegetables around in the juices, then put the tin back in the oven to finish browning and caramelising at the edges.'
    5. 'A large piece of braising meat, usually beef but sometimes lamb or pork, is browned in olive oil in a heavy pot.'
    6. 'Once all sides of the roast have been browned, place the roast fat side up on a rack in the roasting pan.'
    7. 'The smell when these are browning under the grill is amazing.'
    8. 'Squash the mixture down with a palette knife and cook till the bottom has browned and crisped in the butter.'
    9. 'Zino recommends that salt be added after the patty has been browned because salt brings out the juices.'
    10. 'It is important not to crowd the pan, so the beef may need to be browned in 2 batches.'
    11. 'If they appear stressed and browned by drought, most will rejuvenate after a good cut back and regular watering.'


    1. a dark tertiary color with a yellowish or reddish hue.

    2. Offensive. a person whose skin has a light- or dark-brown pigmentation. adjective, browner, brownest.

    3. of the color brown.

    4. (of animals) having skin, fur, hair, or feathers of that color.

    5. sunburned or tanned.

    6. Often Offensive. (of human beings) having the skin naturally pigmented a brown color. verb (used with or without object)

    7. to make or become brown.

    8. to fry, sauté, or scorch slightly in cooking: t

    More examples(as adjective)

    "people can be brown without burnings."

    "wallpapers can be brown with greases."

    "skins can be brown from winds."

    "rices can be brown instead of whites."

    "photographs can be brown at edges."

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    Old English brūn, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bruin and German braun.


    be browned off