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ashen

1

[ ash-uhn ]

adjective

  1. ash-colored; gray.

    Synonyms: ashy

  2. extremely pale; drained of color; pallid:

    His face was ashen.

    Synonyms: colorless, pasty

  3. consisting of ashes.


ashen

2

[ ash-uhn ]

adjective

  1. pertaining to the ash tree or its timber.
  2. made of wood from the ash tree.

ashen

1

/ ˈæʃən /

adjective

  1. drained of colour; pallid
  2. consisting of or resembling ashes
  3. of a pale greyish colour


ashen

2

/ ˈæʃən /

adjective

  1. of, relating to, or made from the ash tree or its timber

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Word History and Origins

Origin of ashen1

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; ash 1, -en 2

Origin of ashen2

before 1000; Middle English, Old English; ash 2, -en 2

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Example Sentences

“I turned completely ashen, completely pale,” Beck remembers.

They forecast an endless and ashen winter for the country that began as a brilliant idea.

Jerry Sandusky was alert but ashen as he stood at the defense table to hear his fate.

When the ashen Silda Spitzer appeared with her husband Eliot, it was the last straw.

His hair was darker—almost brown save at the temples, where age had faded it to an ashen colour.

His face is ashen gray; the black beard is streaked with red, and blood is oozing from his neck.

Lamb saw an ashen-face bespectacled man peering around the corner of an ell.

They paused, aghast, and they turned ashen; and then in the mind of each arose the same explanation of this phenomenon.

His good-looking young face turned to an ashen hue, and his eyes were wild and staring.

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