- (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
Examples from the Web for blond
After years at the head of a parochial school classroom, he could no longer distinguish one blond Irish Catholic kid from another.Obama’s One Hand Clap With Castro
December 24, 2014
I order a pint a Fula Farmacia, Casa Bruja's 4.7 percent Blond Ale.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama
November 30, 2014
Our squadron doctor was lean, well muscled, square jawed and blond.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
Swap out that blond with the A-cup for a busty redhead in an instant.Welcome to Oculus XXX: In-Your-Face 3D is the Future of Porn
October 18, 2014
Stangneth probes his affairs in Argentina, including with Ingrid von Ihne, “tall, blond, and slim, with a cold beauty.”Nothing Was Banal About Eichmann’s Evil, Says a Scathing New Biography
October 11, 2014
Anyhow, five young Englishmen out of every ten of his class are just as blond and foolish.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
The blond well-kept man seemed to be swelling with embarrassment.The Prisoner
Brunette or blond, beautiful or otherwise, it needed but a moment to find out.The Lure of the Mask
Never had the blond Ulla so entirely agreed with him before.The Home
Then, their hair is different, Mrs. Withers' black, Miss Fulton's blond.The Winning Clue
James Hay, Jr.
- (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
Word Origin and History for blond
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.).