Meaning of “brown” in the English Dictionary

"brown" in British English

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brownnoun [ C or U ]

uk /braʊn/ us /braʊn/

A1 the colour of chocolate or soil:

dark/light brown

More examples

  • She stripped the floorboards in the living room and stained them dark brown.
adjective uk us


  • The parcel was wrapped in plain brown paper.
  • He's very handsome, with regular features and deep brown eyes.
  • A blackbird's egg is blue with brown speckles on it.
  • It was the height of summer and the land was parched and brown.


Both my parents have curly brown hair.

brownverb [ I or T ]

uk /braʊn/ us /braʊn/

(Definition of “brown” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"brown" in American English

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brownadjective, noun

us /brɑʊn/

brown adjective, noun (COLOR)

[ C/U ] (of) the color of chocolate or earth:

a brown suit

brown adjective, noun (PERSON)

[ -er/-est only, C ] (a person) having brown skin

brownverb [ T ]


to make food brown by cooking it:

First brown the meat and then cook it slowly.

(Definition of “brown” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)