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English adjective: brown

1. brown of a color similar to that of wood or earth

Synonymsbrownish, chocolate-brown, dark-brown


Antonymsachromatic, neutral

2. brown (of skin) deeply suntanned


Similarbrunet, brunette

Antonymsblond, blonde, light-haired

English noun: brown

1. brown (attribute) an orange of low brightness and saturation


Broader (hypernym)chromatic color, chromatic colour, spectral color, spectral colour

Narrower (hyponym)buff, burnt sienna, burnt umber, caramel, caramel brown, chestnut, chocolate, coffee, deep brown, hazel, light brown, mahogany, mocha, olive brown, puce, raw sienna, reddish brown, sepia, taupe, umber, Vandyke brown, Venetian red, yellowish brown

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

SynonymsRobert Brown

Instance hypernymbotanist, phytologist, plant scientist

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

SynonymsJohn Brown

Instance hypernymabolitionist, emancipationist

4. Brown (artifact) a university in Rhode Island

SynonymsBrown University

Instance hypernymuniversity

Part meronymLittle Rhody, Ocean State, Rhode Island, RI

Member meronymIvy League

English verb: brown

1. brown (change) fry in a pan until it changes color

SamplesBrown the meat in the pan.

ExamplesThe chefs brown the vegetables

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cook

Domain categorycookery, cooking, preparation

2. brown (change) make brown in color

SamplesThe draught browned the leaves on the trees in the yard.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)color, color in, colorise, colorize, colour, colour in, colourise, colourize

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