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[blond] /blɒnd/
(of a woman or girl) having fair hair and usually fair skin and light eyes.
a woman or girl having this coloration.
Origin of blonde
See origin at blond
Related forms
blondeness, noun
Can be confused
blond, blonde (see usage note at the current entry)
Usage note
The spelling blonde is still widely used for the noun that specifies a woman or girl with fair hair: The blonde with the baby in her arms is my anthropology professor. Some people object to this as an unnecessary distinction, preferring blond for all persons: My sister is thinking of becoming a blond for a while. As an adjective, the word is more usually spelled blond in reference to either sex (an energetic blond girl; two blond sons), although the form blonde is occasionally still used of a female: the blonde model and her escort. The spelling blond is almost always used for the adjective describing hair, complexion, etc.: His daughter has blond hair and hazel eyes. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I watched the scowling policeman approach our car while Uncle Peter got back in with the blonde Cora and drove away.

  • Its occupants were all young girls of the highest type of blonde beauty.

    Mizora: A Prophecy Mary E. Bradley
  • With indignation as great the prince was gazing at the blonde secretary; his eyes were filled with amazement.

    Somewhere in France Richard Harding Davis
  • His sister caught him around the neck and kissed his blonde head.

    Blue-Bird Weather Robert W. Chambers
  • Ill be on hand to welcome her, never fear, said the blonde girl archly.

British Dictionary definitions for blonde


(of women's hair) of a light colour; fair
(of a person, people or a race) having fair hair, a light complexion, and, typically, blue or grey eyes
(of soft furnishings, wood, etc) light in colour
a person, esp a woman, having light-coloured hair and skin
Also called blonde lace. a French pillow lace, originally of unbleached cream-coloured Chinese silk, later of bleached or black-dyed silk
Derived Forms
blondeness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French blond (fem blonde), probably of Germanic origin; related to Late Latin blundus yellow, Italian biondo, Spanish blondo
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for blonde

late 15c.; see blond (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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