brunette

[ broo-net ]
/ bruˈnɛt /

adjective

(of hair, eyes, skin, etc.) of a dark color or tone.
(of a person) having dark hair and, often, dark eyes and darkish or olive skin.

noun

a person, especially a female, with such coloration.

Origin of brunette

1705–15; < French; feminine of brunet
Related formsbru·nette·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for brunette

brunette

/ (bruːˈnɛt) /

noun

a girl or woman with dark brown hair

adjective Also: brunet

dark brownbrunette hair

Word Origin for brunette

C17: from French, feminine of brunet dark, brownish, from brun brown, of Germanic origin; see brown
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Word Origin and History for brunette

brunette


adj.

1660s, from French brunette (masc. brunet), from Old French brunet "brownish, brown-haired, dark-complexioned," fem. diminutive of brun "brown" (12c.), of West Germanic origin (see brown (adj.)). As a noun, "woman of a dark complexion," from 1710. The metathesized form, Old French burnete, is the source of the surname Burnett. Burnete also was used of a wool-dyed cloth of superior quality, originally dark brown.

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