adjective, blond·er, blond·est.
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.
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|Jeff Campagna|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Our squadron doctor was lean, well muscled, square jawed and blond.
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|Aurora Snow|October 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Signer|October 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The small boy with the blond hair stepped forward and dragged several dogs from the vicinity of Selwyn's shins.The Younger Set|Robert W. Chambers
She had on a doeskin dress that Sun Woman had given her, and she had done up her two blond braids the way she always had.Shaman|Robert Shea
His blond face was soft and serious, his large round eyes glowed with pity.Gold Out of Celebes|Aylward Edward Dingle
He was a blond, blue-eyed, cherubic youth, with a whimsical mouth that seemed to alternate between seriousness and fun.The Trail of '98|Robert W. Service
Locks of his blond hair, unkempt, dropped over his low forehead into his eyes.The Sky Line of Spruce|Edison Marshall
Word Origin 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.).