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  1. a reddish-brown or golden-brown color.
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  1. having auburn color: auburn hair.
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Origin of auburn

1400–50; late Middle English abo(u)rne blond < Middle French, Old French auborne, alborne < Latin alburnus whitish. See alburnum


  1. a city in central New York: state prison.
  2. a city in E Alabama.
  3. a city in W central Washington.
  4. a city in SW Maine, on the Androscoggin River.
  5. a city in central Massachusetts.
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  • This was of gold—not red, not auburn, not flaxen, but pure and living gold.

    The Slave Of The Lamp

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • Flame-colour is a mixture of auburn and dun; dun of white and black; yellow of white and auburn.



  • There were two gold-plated and two rubber ones of an auburn hue.

  • She was a slim girl, with a lot of auburn hair which was docked.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • You would have said that every auburn hair of the general's head and beard was a vital thing.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

British Dictionary definitions for auburn


    1. a moderate reddish-brown colour
    2. (as adjective)auburn hair
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Word Origin

C15 (originally meaning: blond): from Old French alborne blond, from Medieval Latin alburnus whitish, from Latin albus white
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Word Origin and History for auburn


early 15c., from Old French auborne, from Medieval Latin alburnus "off-white, whitish," from Latin albus "white" (see alb). It came to English meaning "yellowish-white, flaxen," but shifted 16c. to "reddish-brown" under influence of Middle English brun "brown," which also changed the spelling.

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