blondness


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blond

also blonde  (blŏnd)
adj. blond·er, blond·est
1. Having fair hair and skin: blond Scandinavians.
2. Of a flaxen or golden color or of any light shade of auburn or pale yellowish brown: blond hair.
3. Light-colored through bleaching: blond furniture.
n.
1. A person with fair hair and skin.
2. A light yellowish brown to dark grayish yellow.

[Middle English blounde, from Old French blonde, of Germanic origin; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

blond′ish adj.
blond′ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blondness - the property of having a naturally light complexionblondness - the property of having a naturally light complexion
complexion, skin color, skin colour - the coloring of a person's face
References in classic literature ?
To her, in the bright sun, Billy's blondness was startling.
Lydgate was almost forgetting that he must carry on the conversation, in thinking how lovely this creature was, her garment seeming to be made out of the faintest blue sky, herself so immaculately blond, as if the petals of some gigantic flower had just opened and disclosed her; and yet with this infantine blondness showing so much ready, self-possessed grace.
Blondness is clearly a quality that brings preferment under this new Government, and I know where I went wrong" - Tory MP Michael Gove, who was sacked as justice secretary.
The style can register as dramatic or somber depending on the degree of blondness.
Leaving the forest with his gallon of whiskey, he "moved rapidly on between the close walls of impenetrable cane-stalks which gave a sort of blondness to the twilight and possessed something of that oppression, that lack of room to breathe in, which the walls of his house had had" (111).
A series of MCU group shots contrast Manon's naive blondness with the bitter faces and darker complexions of her female accusers, the most vocal of whom is a plain, middle-aged, spinsterish-looking woman.
Binswanger's emphasis on West's Jewish background and his narration of her obsession with blondness as a code for Aryan racial supremacy, German idealism, and, as in Kant and Hegel, a secularized version of the Christian transcendence of the body in a metaphysics informed by Western dualism--Binswanger does use the term "Aryan" in a discussion of West's connection of blondness with purity and beauty--is not a minor part of his case-study, but rather is foregrounded in the first paragraph of his "Case History" under the category of "Heredity": (12)
The loudest and most conspicuous is Neil Patrick Harris, a mass of Barbie blondness that comes out of the rafters of the Belasco Theatre and goes into a rock star rant and strut the instant his gold stilettos hit the stage in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'.
Here is what Barthes sees looking at the stills of Eisenstein's films: "The compactness of the courtiers' make-up, thick and insistent for the one, smooth and distinguished for the other; the former's 'stupid' nose, the latter's finely traced eyebrows, his lank blondness, his faded pale complexion, the affected flatness of his hairstyle suggestive of a wig" (53).