of a color produced by mixing red, yellow, and black, as of dark wood or rich soil:
an old brown coat.
dark-skinned or suntanned:
his face was brown from the sun.
(of bread) made from a dark, unsifted, or unbleached flour.
brown color or pigment:
the brown of his eyes.
the print is rich with velvety browns.
make or become brown, typically by cooking:
a skillet in which food has been browned [intr.]
bake the pizza until the cheese has browned.
(as) brown as a berry
(of a person) very suntanned.DERIVATIVES:
, Browne, clown, crown, down, downtown, drown, frown, gown, low-down, noun, renown, run-down, town, upside-down, uptown
•crackdown • clampdown • Ashdown
•markdown • letdown • meltdown
, shakedown, takedown
•kick-down • thistledown • sit-down
•climbdown • countdown
, hoedown, showdown, slowdown
•put-down • touchdown • tumbledown
•shutdown • eiderdown • nightgown
•pronoun • Jamestown • Freetown
•midtown • Bridgetown • Kingstown
•shanty town • Georgetown • Motown
•hometown • toytown • Newtown
•Charlottetown • Chinatown
= OS., OHG. brūn
, G. braun
), ON. brūn
:- Gmc. *brūnaz
. Reinforced in ME. from (O)F. brun
— Gmc. OE. brūn
, ME. broun
, ON. brúnn
, OHG. brūn
were applied to burnished or glistening surfaces; see BURNISH
brown study a state of mental abstraction or musing, an idle reverie.