Jon Stewart's parody coverage of the story has relentlessly emphasized not his cable-stealing skulduggery but—his blondness.
She was a slender little thing, and the young doctor's picture was a great contrast in its blondness and bigness.
The dioxygen had helped him to blondness as it had helped a million brunettes of the other sex.
Their admiration for blondness in heroes and deities is well known.
Miss Hastings was what we might discreetly call a mellow blonde, not implying or imputing anything artificial to her blondness.
For all her blondness, they were quite dark, these glistening eyelashes.
No two could have differed more than these two women in their blondness and their prettiness and their wonder.
In all that riot of blondness and sparkle and youth, just as riotous, just as lovely, a streak of gray hair!
The women were nearly all blondes, blondness having been decided upon in the theatre as the color that brings the best results.
The women were nearly all blondes, blondness having been decided upon in the theatre as the colour that brings the best results.
late 15c., from Old French blont "fair, blond" (12c.), from Medieval Latin blundus "yellow," perhaps from Frankish *blund. If it is a Germanic word, it is possibly related to Old English blonden-feax "gray-haired," from blondan, blandan "to mix" (see blend (v.)). According to Littré, the original sense of the French word was "a colour midway between golden and light chestnut," which might account for the notion of "mixed."
Old English beblonden meant "dyed," so it is also possible that the root meaning of blonde, if it is Germanic, may be "dyed," as ancient Teutonic warriors were noted for dying their hair. Du Cange, however, writes that blundus was a vulgar pronunciation of Latin flavus "yellow." Another guess (discounted by German etymologists), is that it represents a Vulgar Latin *albundus, from alba "white."
The word was reintroduced into English 17c. from French, and was until recently still felt as French, hence blonde (with French feminine ending) for females. Italian biondo, Spanish blondo, Old Provençal blon all are of Germanic origin.
Fair hair was much esteemed by both the Greeks and Romans, and so they not only dyed and gold-dusted theirs ..., but also went so far as to gild the hair of their statues, as notably those of Venus de Medici and Apollo. In the time of Ovid (A.U.C. 711) much fair hair was imported from Germany, by the Romans, as it was considered quite the fashionable color. Those Roman ladies who did not choose to wear wigs of this hue, were accustomed to powder theirs freely with gold dust, so as to give it the fashionable yellow tint. [C. Henry Leonard, "The Hair," 1879]
c.1755 of a type of lace, 1822 of persons; from blond (adj.).