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

adj of a color similar to that of wood or earth

brownish, chocolate-brown, dark-brown
being or having or characterized by hue

adj (of skin) deeply suntanned

brunet, brunette
marked by dark or relatively dark pigmentation of hair or skin or eyes

n an orange of low brightness and saturation

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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

v make brown in color

“the draught browned the leaves on the trees in the yard”
Type of:
color, color in, colorise, colorize, colour, colour in, colourise, colourize
add color to

v fry in a pan until it changes color

brown the meat in the pan”
Type of:
transform and make suitable for consumption by heating

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