- (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 blondness
Jon Stewart's parody coverage of the story has relentlessly emphasized not his cable-stealing skulduggery but—his blondness.Julian Assange, Chick Magnet?
December 13, 2010
The dioxygen had helped him to blondness as it had helped a million brunettes of the other sex.Anthony Trent, Master Criminal
Their admiration for blondness in heroes and deities is well known.
For all her blondness, they were quite dark, these glistening eyelashes.Zuleika Dobson
Miss Hastings was what we might discreetly call a mellow blonde, not implying or imputing anything artificial to her blondness.The Girl Scouts at Sea Crest
No two could have differed more than these two women in their blondness and their prettiness and their wonder.The Coast of Chance
- (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 blondness
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.).