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auburn

[aw-bern] /ˈɔ bərn/
noun
1.
a reddish-brown or golden-brown color.
adjective
2.
having auburn color:
auburn hair.
Origin of auburn
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English abo(u)rne blond < Middle French, Old French auborne, alborne < Latin alburnus whitish. See alburnum

Auburn

[aw-bern] /ˈɔ bərn/
noun
1.
a city in central New York: state prison.
2.
a city in E Alabama.
3.
a city in W central Washington.
4.
a city in SW Maine, on the Androscoggin River.
5.
a city in central Massachusetts.
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  • This was of gold—not red, not auburn, not flaxen, but pure and living gold.

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • Flame-colour is a mixture of auburn and dun; dun of white and black; yellow of white and auburn.

    Timaeus Plato
  • There were two gold-plated and two rubber ones of an auburn hue.

  • She was a slim girl, with a lot of auburn hair which was docked.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • You would have said that every auburn hair of the general's head and beard was a vital thing.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for auburn

auburn

/ˈɔːbən/
noun
1.
  1. a moderate reddish-brown colour
  2. (as adjective): auburn hair
Word Origin
C15 (originally meaning: blond): from Old French alborne blond, from Medieval Latin alburnus whitish, from Latin albus white
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Word Origin and History for auburn
n.

early 15c., from Old French auborne, from Medieval Latin alburnus "off-white, whitish," from Latin albus "white" (see alb). It came to English meaning "yellowish-white, flaxen," but shifted 16c. to "reddish-brown" under influence of Middle English brun "brown," which also changed the spelling.

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