• Having a brown colour.
  • Gloomy.
  • Of or relating to any of various ethnic groups having dark pigmentation of the skin.


  • To become brown.
  • To cook something until it becomes brown.
  • To tan.
  • To make brown or dusky.
  • To give a bright brown colour to, as to gun barrels, by forming a thin coating of oxide on their surface.
  • To turn progressively more Middle Eastern, Hispanic or Latino, in the context of the population of a geographic region.


  • From Middle English broun, from Old English brūn ("brown; dark; dusky"), from Proto-Germanic *brūnaz (compare West Frisian brún, Dutch bruin, German braun), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerH- (compare Ancient Greek φρύνη, φρῦνος; Latin brunneus), compare Lithuanian bė́ras ("brown"), Sanskrit बभ्रु ("reddish-brown")). bruin.

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