ashen

1
[ ash-uhn ]
/ ˈæʃ ən /

adjective

ash-colored; gray.
extremely pale; drained of color; pallid: His face was ashen.
consisting of ashes.

Nearby words

  1. ashdod,
  2. ashdown,
  3. ashe,
  4. ashe, arthur,
  5. asheboro,
  6. ashen light,
  7. asher,
  8. asherah,
  9. asherite,
  10. ashes

Origin of ashen

1
Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at ash1, -en2

ashen

2
[ ash-uh n ]
/ ˈæʃ ən /

adjective

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

Origin of ashen

2
before 1000; Middle English, Old English; see ash2, -en2

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British Dictionary definitions for ashen

ashen

1
/ (ˈæʃən) /

adjective

drained of colour; pallid
consisting of or resembling ashes
of a pale greyish colour

adjective

of, relating to, or made from the ash tree or its timber
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Word Origin and History for ashen

ashen

adj.

"made of ash wood," c.1300; see ash (n.2) + -en (2); meaning "ash-colored, whitish-gray, deadly pale" is 1808, from ash (n.1).

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