Brown is the color an artist gets by mixing yellow, red, and blue. Chocolate, dark wood, roasted coffee beans, and old-fashioned photographs are all various shades of brown.

You might think of brown as a muddy color, and that's true in a couple of ways: mud is generally brown, and brown paint is a muddy combination of colors. In the category of brown, though, there's endless variety, from toasted bread to rich brown eyes to a horse's light brown mane. As a verb, brown means "to become browner in color" or "to make browner," as when you brown the top of a pie in the oven.

Definitions of brown
  1. adjective
    of a color similar to that of wood or earth
    synonyms: brownish, chocolate-brown, dark-brown
    being, having, or characterized by hue
  2. adjective
    (of skin) deeply suntanned
    synonyms: browned
    brunet, brunette
    marked by dark or relatively dark pigmentation of hair or skin or eyes
  3. noun
    an orange of low brightness and saturation
    synonyms: brownness
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    Vandyke brown
    a moderate brown color
    the brown color of chestnuts
    burnt umber, chocolate, coffee, deep brown, umber
    a medium brown to dark-brown color
    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
    a dark brown color
    Venetian red, burnt sienna, mahogany, reddish brown, sepia
    a shade of brown with a tinge of red
    buff, caramel, caramel brown, raw sienna, yellowish brown
    a medium to dark tan color
    a color varying from dark purplish brown to dark red
    olive brown
    a shade of brown tinged with green
    a greyish brown
    tan, topaz
    a light brown the color of topaz
    dun, fawn, grayish brown, greyish brown
    a color or pigment varying around a light grey-brown color
    beige, ecru
    a very light brown
    brick red
    a bright reddish-brown color
    copper, copper color
    a reddish-brown color resembling the color of polished copper
    Indian red
    a reddish-brown color resembling the red soil used as body paint by American Indians
    snuff-color, snuff-colour
    dark yellowish brown
    type of:
    chromatic color, chromatic colour, spectral color, spectral colour
    a color that has hue
  4. verb
    make brown in color
  5. verb
    fry in a pan until it changes color
    brown the meat in the pan”
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    type of:
    transform and make suitable for consumption by heating
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