[ aw-bern ]
/ ˈɔ bərn /


a reddish-brown or golden-brown color.


having auburn color: auburn hair.

Nearby words

  1. aubergine,
  2. aubervilliers,
  3. aubrey,
  4. aubrey, john,
  5. aubrietia,
  6. aubusson,
  7. auc,
  8. auch,
  9. auckland,
  10. auckland islands

Origin of auburn

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


[ aw-bern ]
/ ˈɔ bərn /


a city in central New York: state prison.
a city in E Alabama.
a city in W central Washington.
a city in SW Maine, on the Androscoggin River.
a city in central Massachusetts. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for auburn


/ (ˈɔːbən) /


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

Word Origin for auburn

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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