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[blond] /blɒnd/
adjective, blonder, blondest.
(of hair, skin, etc.) light-colored:
the child's soft blond curls.
(of a person) having light-colored hair and skin.
(of furniture wood) light in tone.
a blond person.
silk lace, originally unbleached but now often dyed any of various colors, especially white or black.
Origin of blond
1475-85; < Middle French blonde blond, light brown, feminine of blond < Germanic; akin to Old English blondenfeax grayhaired, Latin flāvus yellow (see flavo-)
Related forms
blondness, noun
blondish, adjective
Can be confused
blond, blonde (see usage note at blonde)
Usage note
See blonde. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for blondness
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  • 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.

  • For all her blondness, they were quite dark, these glistening eyelashes.

    Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm
  • Miss Hastings was what we might discreetly call a mellow blonde, not implying or imputing anything artificial to her blondness.

  • No two could have differed more than these two women in their blondness and their prettiness and their wonder.

    The Coast of Chance Esther Chamberlain
  • In all that riot of blondness and sparkle and youth, just as riotous, just as lovely, a streak of gray hair!

    Rainy Week Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • She was a slender little thing, and the young doctor's picture was a great contrast in its blondness and bigness.

    The Tin Soldier

    Temple Bailey
  • The women were nearly all blondes, blondness having been decided upon in the theatre as the color that brings the best results.

    The Little Warrior P. G. Wodehouse
  • The women were nearly all blondes, blondness having been decided upon in the theatre as the colour that brings the best results.

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
British Dictionary definitions for blondness


(of men'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 man, having light-coloured hair and skin
Derived Forms
blondness, noun
Usage note
Although blond and blonde correspond to masculine and feminine forms in French, this distinction is not consistently made in English. Blonde is the commoner form both as a noun and an adjective, and is more frequently used to refer to women than men. The less common variant blond occurs usually as an adjective, occasionally as a noun, and is the preferred form when referring to men with fair hair
Word Origin
C15: from Old French blond, probably of Germanic origin; related to Late Latin blundus yellow, Italian biondo, Spanish blondo
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Word Origin and History for blondness

1842, from blond (adj.) + -ness.



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.).

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