What does brown mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. brown, brownnessnoun

    an orange of low brightness and saturation

  2. Brown, Robert Brownnoun

    Scottish botanist who first observed the movement of small particles in fluids now known a Brownian motion (1773-1858)

  3. Brown, John Brownnoun

    abolitionist who was hanged after leading an unsuccessful raid at Harper's Ferry, Virginia (1800-1859)

  4. Brown University, Brownadjective

    a university in Rhode Island

  5. brown, brownish, chocolate-brown, dark-brownadjective

    of a color similar to that of wood or earth

  6. brown, brownedverb

    (of skin) deeply suntanned

  7. brownverb

    fry in a pan until it changes color

    "brown the meat in the pan"

  8. embrown, brownverb

    make brown in color

    "the draught browned the leaves on the trees in the yard"


  1. brownnoun

    A colour like that of chocolate or coffee.

  2. brownnoun

    One of the colour balls used in snooker with a value of 4 points.

  3. brownverb

    To become brown.

    Fry the onions until they brown.

  4. brownverb

    To cook something until it becomes brown.

    Brown the onions in a large frying pan.

  5. brownverb

    To tan.

    Light-skinned people tend to brown when exposed to the sun.

  6. brownadjective

    Having a brown colour.

  7. Etymology: Originally a nickname for someone with brown hair or a dark complexion.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Brun, Bran, Brown, Bourn, Burn

    Etymology: are all derived from the Sax. born, bourn, brunna, burna ; all signifying a river or brook. Edmund Gibson Camden.

  2. BROWNadjective

    The name of a colour, compounded of black and any other colour.

    Etymology: brun, Saxon.

    Brown, in High Dutch, is called braun; in the Netherlands, bruyn; in French, coleur brune; in Italian, bruno; in Greek, ὀϱφνινω ἄιϑοψ, from the colour of the Ethiopians; for ἀιϑω is to burn, and ὠψ, a face; for that blackness or swarthiness in their faces, is procured through heat. In Latin it is called fuscus, quasi φῶς σϰιᾶται, that is, from darkening or overshadowing the light; or of φωσϰεῖν, which is to burn or scorch. Henry Peacham.

    I like the new tire within excellently, if the hair were a little browner. William Shakespeare, Much ado about Nothing.

    From whence high Ithaca overlooks the floods,
    Brown with o’ercharging shades and pendent woods. Alexander Pope.

    Long untravell’d heaths,
    With desolation brown, he wanders waste. James Thomson.


  1. Brown

    Brown is a color. It can be considered a composite color, but it is mainly a darker shade of orange. In the CMYK color model used in printing and painting, brown is usually made by combining the colors orange and black. In the RGB color model used to project colors onto television screens and computer monitors, brown combines red and green. The color brown is seen widely in nature, wood, soil, human hair color, eye color and skin pigmentation. Brown is the color of dark wood or rich soil.According to public opinion surveys in Europe and the United States, brown is the least favorite color of the public; it is often associated with plainness, the rustic, feces, and poverty, although it does also have positive associations include baking, warmth, wildlife, and the autumn.


  1. brown

    Brown is a color that is typically characterized by a mixture of colors, particularly shades of orange, red, and yellow, often resembling the color of earth or wood. It is commonly associated with a natural and earthy aesthetic.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brown

    of a dark color, of various shades between black and red or yellow

  2. Brownnoun

    a dark color inclining to red or yellow, resulting from the mixture of red and black, or of red, black, and yellow; a tawny, dusky hue

  3. Brownverb

    to make brown or dusky

  4. Brownverb

    to make brown by scorching slightly; as, to brown meat or flour

  5. Brownverb

    to give a bright brown color to, as to gun barrels, by forming a thin coat of oxide on their surface

  6. Brownverb

    to become brown


  1. Brown

    Brown is the composite color produced by a mixture of red, yellow and black. The color is seen widely in nature, in wood, soil, and human hair color, eye color and skin pigmentation . Culturally, it is often associated with autumn, humility, earth and nature, and historically it is sometimes associated with fascism.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Brown

    brown, adj. of a dark or dusky colour, inclining to red or yellow: dark-complexioned: sunburnt.—n. a dark-reddish colour: (slang) a copper.—v.t. to make brown, or give a brown colour to: to roast brown.—ns. Brown′-bess, the old British flint-lock musket—from the brown walnut stock; Brown′-bill, a foot-soldier's or watchman's halbert, painted brown; Brown′-bread, bread of a brown colour, made of unbolted flour; Brown′-coal, commonly called Lignite, an imperfect kind of coal which exhibits more of its woody structure than ordinary coal; Brown′-George, a hard biscuit: a brown earthen vessel; Brown′ing, the process of imparting a brown colour to iron articles: a preparation for giving a brown colour to gravy, &c., or for dressing brown leather.—adj. Brown′ish.—ns. Brown′ness; Brown′-pā′per, coarse and strong paper used chiefly for wrapping; Brown′-spar, a name given to certain varieties of dolomite or magnesian limestone, distinguished by their brownish colour; Brown′-stout, a kind of porter; Brown′-stud′y, gloomy reverie: absent-mindedness.—adj. Brown′y (Shak.), of a brown colour.—To do brown (slang), to do thoroughly, to deceive or take in completely. [A.S. brún; Dut. bruin, Ger. braun.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BROWN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Brown is ranked #4 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Brown surname appeared 1,437,026 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 487 would have the surname Brown.

    57.9% or 832,757 total occurrences were White.
    35.6% or 511,581 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 36,644 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.5% or 36,213 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.8% or 12,502 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 7,329 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'brown' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2371

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'brown' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2074

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'brown' in Adjectives Frequency: #298

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of brown in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of brown in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of brown in a Sentence

  1. Christina Tosi:

    Sometimes, brown-butter Rice Krispie Treats sneak in and try to start trying to pull me out of quiet ‘me time,’ it’s not the worst thing in the world, but it happens. I believe that there’s plenty of time for any and every relationship that I might need or want to feed in a day, as long as I set realistic expectations, communicate and forgive myself when I fall short.

  2. Julia Clark:

    We are constantly faced with having to be the voice for equity on campus and we don't necessarily see that reflected within our administration or within our campus systems, i hope( Brown's lawsuit) forces both the administration and specifically Kenan Flagler Business School and other schools at this university to not only reflect how they are treating their Black students but what they can do better.

  3. Minnie John:

    I said,' Can I take a picture ?' and Julie Brown said,' Of course,' and gave me a big hug and we took a picture, they were so down to earth, so genuine, so sweet : Not at all how you might expect a big actor or a big doctor to be -- which they are. They were just so humble, so loving.

  4. Derrick Barnes:

    It’s even more important for White children to see Black, Brown, Asian, Muslim characters. If they don’t see those kids in their immediate environments, these books serve to counter stereotypes they’re taught, they get to learn about different cultures while also seeing the similarities, how we live, how we dream, the things we all fear, the things that bring us joy. But they won’t realize this if they only see themselves.

  5. Washington College:

    , 130 lbs, with brown curly hair. He was last seen driving a 1997 dark green Range Rover with Pennsylvania tag beginning with' JWY,'.

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