[ broo-in ]
/ ˈbru ɪn /


a bear, especially a European brown bear.

Origin of bruin

1475–85; < Middle Dutch bruyn, bruun literally, the brown one, name of the bear in the fable of Reynard the Fox Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bruin


/ (ˈbruːɪn) /


a name for a bear, used in children's tales, fables, etc

Word Origin for bruin

C17: from Dutch bruin brown, the name of the bear in the epic Reynard the Fox
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Word Origin and History for bruin



"bear," late 15c., from Middle Dutch Bruin, name of the bear in "Reynard the Fox" fables; literally "brown;" cognate with Old English brun (see brown (adj.)).

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