a dark tertiary color with a yellowish or reddish hue.
Offensive. a person whose skin has a light- or dark-brown pigmentation.
of the color brown.
(of animals) having skin, fur, hair, or feathers of that color.
sunburned or tanned.
Often Offensive. (of human beings) having the skin naturally pigmented a brown color.
to make or become brown.
to fry, sauté, or scorch slightly in cooking:
to brown onions before adding them to the stew. The potatoes browned in the pan.
brown out, to subject to a brownout:
The power failure browned out the southern half of the state.
browned off, Slang. angry; fed up.
do it up brown, Informal. to do thoroughly:
When they entertain, they really do it up brown.
Charles Brockden
[brok-duh n] /ˈbrɒk dən/ (Show IPA), 1771–1810, U.S. novelist.
Clifford (“Brownie”) 1930–56, U.S. jazz trumpeter.
Edmund Gerald, Jr (“Jerry”) born 1938, U.S. politician: governor of California 1975–83.
Herbert Charles, 1912–2004, U.S. chemist, born in England: Nobel Prize 1979.
James Nathaniel (“Jimmy”) born 1936, U.S. football player and actor.
John (“Old Brown of Osawatomie”) 1800–59, U.S. abolitionist: leader of the attack at Harpers Ferry, where he was captured, tried for treason, and hanged.
Margaret Wise, 1910–52, U.S. author noted for early-childhood books.
Olympia, 1835–1926, U.S. women’s-rights activist and Universalist minister: first American woman ordained by a major church.
Robert, 1773–1858, Scottish botanist.
Contemporary Examples

Senator Maddow? Samuel P. Jacobs March 22, 2010
Libya: Former Exiles Chafe Over Surge of Salafism Jamie Dettmer September 22, 2012
Highlights of the Women in the World Summit The Daily Beast March 11, 2010
The Insurgent’s Final Hours Samuel P. Jacobs January 17, 2010
New Mayan Discovery: The World Isn’t Ending! Vivien Marx May 9, 2012

Historical Examples

From a Cornish Window Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
The Royal Guide to Wax Flower Modelling Emma Peachey
The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
The Rover Boys at Colby Hall Arthur M. Winfield

any of various colours, such as those of wood or earth, produced by low intensity light in the wavelength range 620–585 nanometres
a dye or pigment producing these colours
brown cloth or clothing: dressed in brown
any of numerous mostly reddish-brown butterflies of the genera Maniola, Lasiommata, etc, such as M. jurtina (meadow brown): family Satyridae
of the colour brown
(of bread) made from a flour that has not been bleached or bolted, such as wheatmeal or wholemeal flour
deeply tanned or sunburnt
to make (esp food as a result of cooking) brown or (esp of food) to become brown
Sir Arthur Whitten (ˈwɪtən). 1886–1948, British aviator who with J.W. Alcock made the first flight across the Atlantic (1919)
Ford Madox. 1821–93, British painter, associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. His paintings include The Last of England (1865) and Work (1865)
George (Alfred), Lord George-Brown. 1914–85, British Labour politician; vice-chairman and deputy leader of the Labour party (1960–70); foreign secretary 1966–68
George Mackay. 1921–96, Scottish poet, novelist, and short-story writer. His works, which include the novels Greenvoe (1972) and Magnus (1973), reflect the history and culture of Orkney
(James) Gordon. born 1951, British Labour politician; Chancellor of the Exchequer (1997–2007); prime minister (2007–10)
Herbert Charles. 1912–2004, US chemist, who worked on the compounds of boron. Nobel prize for chemistry 1979
James. 1933–2006, US soul singer and songwriter, noted for his dynamic stage performances and for his commitment to Black rights
John. 1800–59, US abolitionist leader, hanged after leading an unsuccessful rebellion of slaves at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia
Lancelot, called Capability Brown. 1716–83, British landscape gardener
Michael (Stuart). born 1941, US physician: shared the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine (1985) for work on cholesterol
Robert. 1773–1858, Scottish botanist who was the first to observe the Brownian movement in fluids

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