Use the adjective flaxen to describe things that are a pale golden-yellow color, like your brother's flaxen hair or flaxen wheat fields glowing in the summer sun.

There's a literary history of using flaxen for a young girl's blonde hair that dates back at least as far as the 1500s. This word literally means "made of flax" or "the color of flax." Flax is a plant used to make a linen-like material also called flax, and flaxen originally described things made of this fabric. Today it's mainly used for hair or horses — the flaxen gene causes chestnut-colored horses to have blond tails.

Definitions of flaxen

adj of hair color; pale yellowish to yellowish brown

flaxen locks”
blond, blonde, light-haired
being or having light colored skin and hair and usually blue or grey eyes

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.