blond

[ blond ]
/ blɒnd /

adjective, blond·er, blond·est.

(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.

noun

a blond person.
silk lace, originally unbleached but now often dyed any of various colors, especially white or black.

Nearby words

  1. blois,
  2. blok,
  3. blokart,
  4. bloke,
  5. blokeish,
  6. blonde,
  7. blonde moment,
  8. blondel,
  9. blondel, françois,
  10. blondie

Origin of blond

1475–85; < Middle French blonde blond, light brown, feminine of blond < Germanic; akin to Old English blondenfeax grayhaired, Latin flāvus yellow (see flavo-)

Related formsblond·ness, nounblond·ish, adjective

Can be confusedblond blonde (see usage note at blonde)

Usage note

See blonde.

blonde

[ blond ]
/ blɒnd /

adjective

(of a woman or girl) having fair hair and usually fair skin and light eyes.

noun

a woman or girl having this coloration.

Origin of blonde

see origin at blond

Related formsblonde·ness, noun

Can be confusedblond blonde (see usage note at the current entry)

Usage note

The spelling blonde is still widely used for the noun that specifies a woman or girl with fair hair: The blonde with the baby in her arms is my anthropology professor. Some people object to this as an unnecessary distinction, preferring blond for all persons: My sister is thinking of becoming a blond for a while. As an adjective, the word is more usually spelled blond in reference to either sex ( an energetic blond girl; two blond sons ), although the form blonde is occasionally still used of a female: the blonde model and her escort. The spelling blond is almost always used for the adjective describing hair, complexion, etc.: His daughter has blond hair and hazel eyes.

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Examples from the Web for blondest

  • The most brilliant, the most exquisite, (crushed) the blondest!

    Cyrano de Bergerac|Edmond Rostand
  • As they did so the blondest blonde caught sight of Grace and recognized her.

  • Small as it was, the cubicle was decidedly pretty, and blue enough to satisfy the blondest of mistresses.

    Tom and Some Other Girls|Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey


British Dictionary definitions for blondest

blond

/ (blɒnd) /

adjective

(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

noun

a person, esp a man, having light-coloured hair and skin
Derived Formsblondness, noun

Word Origin for blond

C15: from Old French blond, probably of Germanic origin; related to Late Latin blundus yellow, Italian biondo, Spanish blondo

usage

Although blond and blonde correspond to masculine and feminine forms in French, this distinction is not consistently made in English. Blonde is the commoner form both as a noun and an adjective, and is more frequently used to refer to women than men. The less common variant blond occurs usually as an adjective, occasionally as a noun, and is the preferred form when referring to men with fair hair

blonde

/ (blɒnd) /

adjective

(of women'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

noun

a person, esp a woman, having light-coloured hair and skin
Also called: blonde lace a French pillow lace, originally of unbleached cream-coloured Chinese silk, later of bleached or black-dyed silk
Derived Formsblondeness, noun

Word Origin for blonde

C15: from Old French blond (fem blonde), probably of Germanic origin; related to Late Latin blundus yellow, Italian biondo, Spanish blondo

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Word Origin and History for blondest
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