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Any of a group of colors between red and yellow in hue that are medium to low in lightness and low to moderate in saturation.
adj. brown·er, brown·est
1. Of the color brown.
a. Having a brownish or dark skin color.
b. Often Offensive Of or being a person of nonwhite origin.
3. Deeply suntanned.
tr. & intr.v. browned, brown·ing, browns
1. To make or become brown.
2. To cook until brown.
Phrasal Verb:
brown off Chiefly British Slang
To make angry or irritated.

[Middle English, from Old English brūn; see bher- in Indo-European roots.]

brown′ish adj.
brown′ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brownness - an orange of low brightness and saturation
Vandyke brown - a moderate brown color
chestnut - the brown color of chestnuts
deep brown, umber, burnt umber, chocolate, coffee - a medium brown to dark-brown color
hazel - a shade of brown that is yellowish or reddish; it is a greenish shade of brown when used to describe the color of someone's eyes
light brown - a brown that is light but unsaturated
mocha - a dark brown color
burnt sienna, reddish brown, sepia, Venetian red, mahogany - a shade of brown with a tinge of red
caramel brown, raw sienna, yellowish brown, caramel, buff - a medium to dark tan color
puce - a color varying from dark purplish brown to dark red
olive brown - a shade of brown tinged with green
taupe - a greyish brown
References in classic literature ?
The fore-feet of the YAHOO differed from my hands in nothing else but the length of the nails, the coarseness and brownness of the palms, and the hairiness on the backs.
The wide acreage of blank agricultural brownness, apparent where the swedes had been pulled, was beginning to be striped in wales of darker brown, gradually broadening to ribands.
The uniform brownness of the harrowed field glowed with a rosy tinge, as though the powdered clods had sweated out in minute pearls of blood the toil of uncounted ploughmen.
The tweets ask why Kali is "suddenly 'brown,'" and suggest that it seems that Kali is trying to capitalize on brownness.
This chapter is actually as much about the aesthetics of brownness, which Tate deals with exclusively through the bodies of women; some reference to men would have been interesting.
Return to the oven for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the pizzas reach your desired level of crispy-edged brownness and cheesy bubbliness.
The brownness of Karvel's sky balls exposes the disavowed fantasy that sustains his white male identity.
Michael Vannoy Adams observes that "the category 'people of color' excludes whites on the dubious basis that whiteness is colorless--while blackness, redness, brownness and yellowness are colorful" (14).
You look at your brown skin and wish it away You look at your white friends and crave their lack of brown So used to wanting and yet all you want is to want lacking You do your best to perfect your brownness So, was Michael Brown just another brown victim?
settling for invisibility disappeared into the whiteness became an absence, desired to escape the brownness that was always yours, a brownness that didn't exist before.
In the United States, of course, that assumption is ninety percent true; degrees of brownness have been and continue to be the basis for Dantean social and economic oppression.
161) For South Asian Americans, claiming Brownness allows them to establish a separate racial identity for themselves--one that is independent of White and Black Americans, but parallels those groups by employing a color-designated identity.