Browning

[ brou-ning ]
/ ˈbraʊ nɪŋ /

noun

Elizabeth Bar·rett [bar-it] /ˈbær ɪt/, 1806–61, English poet.
John Moses,1885–1926, U.S. designer of firearms.
Robert,1812–89, English poet (husband of Elizabeth Barrett Browning).

Origin of brown

before 1000; Middle English; Old English brūn; cognate with Dutch bruin, German braun, Old Norse brūnn; akin to Lithuanian brúnas brown

Related forms

Usage note

Brown as a noun and adjective to describe people with a brownish skin color is often perceived as insulting. Historically it has been used by anthropologists and scientists as a racial and ethnic classification to describe various dark-skinned populations, as in North Africa, the Middle East, Malaysia, and South Asia. It is also a term associated with colonialism. In recent times, brown has been used of Hispanics and South Asians in North America, many of whom self-identify as brown.

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British Dictionary definitions for browning

browning

/ (ˈbraʊnɪŋ) /

noun

British a substance used to darken soups, gravies, etc

Browning

1
/ (ˈbraʊnɪŋ) /

noun

Elizabeth Barrett . 1806–61, English poet and critic; author of the Sonnets from the Portuguese (1850)
her husband, Robert . 1812–89, English poet, noted for his dramatic monologues and The Ring and the Book (1868–69)

Browning

2
/ (ˈbraʊnɪŋ) /

noun

Also called: Browning automatic rifle a portable gas-operated air-cooled automatic rifle using .30 calibre ammunition and capable of firing between 200 and 350 rounds per minuteAbbreviation: BAR
Also called: Browning machine gun a water-cooled automatic machine gun using .30 or .50 calibre ammunition and capable of firing over 500 rounds per minute

Word Origin for Browning

C20: named after John M. Browning (1855–1926), American designer of firearms

brown

/ (braʊn) /

noun

adjective

verb

to make (esp food as a result of cooking) brown or (esp of food) to become brown
Derived Formsbrownish or browny, adjectivebrownness, noun

Word Origin for brown

Old English brūn; related to Old Norse brūnn, Old High German brūn, Greek phrunos toad, Sanskrit babhru reddish-brown

Brown

/ (braʊn) /

noun

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Word Origin and History for browning
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for browning

Brown

[ broun ]
Michael Born 1941

American geneticist. He shared a 1985 Nobel Prize for discoveries related to cholesterol metabolism.

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Idioms and Phrases with browning

brown

In addition to the idioms beginning with brown

  • brown bagger
  • browned off
  • brownie points
  • brown nose
  • brown study, in a

also see:

  • do up (brown)
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